Estranged Adult Children: When People Blame the Mother
By: Beth McHugh 2015
The phenomenon of estranged adult children is on the rise and affects more families than statistics indicate. This under-reporting is largely through the embarrassment of parents who are hesitant to admit to anyone outside the immediate family that they have not heard from their adult children in months or even years. It is seen as a failure on the part of the parents. Casual comments like “How’s your Sam going now?” is met with the standard answer of “Well, thanks, he’s still in the banking sector” or whatever the last employment position of the adult child was known to be.
Hence, there is a conspiracy of silence about having an estranged child, and this adds to the feelings of pain and isolation for the parent, who feels they cannot tell how they are feeling for fear of being…
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