There are both good things and bad things about being a mother. Not too long ago, I lost touch with one of my children. It wasn't how I thought I would talk to an adult child.

I didn't even know the word "strange." I had given my whole life to being a mother. And this kid turned his back on me. It was hard to say it. I have written books about being a parent. 

Everyone goes through hard times, but most people don't talk about it. If you are a part of the Parents of Adult Children Who Don't Get Along Facebook group, you may be surprised at how many people we have. We are a group that shares pain.

You Aren’t Alone

There's no question that you'll need time to feel all the emotions that come with a big change in your life, like being estranged.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

Most of the time, when something like this happens in our lives, we know we have to accept it. But we don't always want to deal with it. Now is a great time to look inside ourselves and see what we can let go of.

Recognize What No Longer Serves You

It's hard to let go of things we once valued or felt made us who we are, like the dream of a close family for life. Let yourself feel sad about having to let them go.

Acknowledge the Sadness

We will always love and remember our children. But we have to let go of the bad feelings we have about them and any expectations we had for them or our connection with them.

Let Them Go

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