When Your Adult Child is in a Bad Relationship

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Parental Alienation

As you know, being a parent does not stop when your child leaves the nest. Whether your child is fifteen, thirty, or forty-five, it is upsetting to watch him or her make unhealthy decisions.  When your ‘adult’ child is in a bad relationship, for example, it can cause you extreme stress and worry.  Of course you want to help.  But how? The first question to ask yourself is whether your child is actually in a bad relationship.  If your child is mostly happy and stable, and is learning and growing, it is likely that your own preferences and judgments are clouding your viewpoint.  Try to let go of what you want for your child, and support his or her choices. If you have separated out your own judgments, and still believe that your child is in a relationship that is unhealthy, codependent, or abusive, you may desperately want to do…

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