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Lately my siblings and I have really been feeling neglected and unloved by our parents. When we’ve asked other people whether or not to confront them about it, everyone has said, “No. You have to honor your parents.”
Can you confront your parents?
Dad’s becoming a real staple around these parts! I’ve loved having him here to discuss these questions and to travel the world with me (Did you see? Last week we were in Russia!)
And since this Ask Joy is about parents, I thought I’d let my parent offer some parental wisdom.
My parent’s ministry of Love and Respect teaches that you can say anything to anyone…as long as you say it with, well, love and respect.
Weird how that worked out.
But though maturely confronting your parents is an option, I encourage you to be cautious—they may not currently have a teachable spirit, and the conversation may not go how you envisioned, leading to more disappointment and resentment.
Instead, my dad talks about creating a positive environment using your attitude and actions to soften their spirit. While the hurt that you feel from your parents’ neglect is very real and valid, you can choose to be an instrument of influence in the relationship.
Give an example of when you’ve confronted your parents—was it successful?
What are some practical ways we can show love for our parents in times of conflict?
Love and Respect (Now) is a division of Love and Respect. Please be considerate.