June 18

You Think You’re A Good Parent?

Posted by William Berry | Filed under Articles | No Comments

As a therapist, I hear both sides of the story: Adults who lament how their parents treated them, and parents who discuss the ingratitude of their children for all they have done for them. Clients discuss some the worst things their parents have done to them. A friend who was discussing her parents’ transgressions recently asked me the same: “what was the worst thing your parents did?” This made me think, “I wonder what my kids would say was worst thing I’ve done to them”. This post is about just that, but not about me. It is about the tough conversations you are avoiding, whatever side of the coin you are on.

I set about asking my kids, most of whom are adults. I certainly would not share their answers here. However, my son Ian began his answer with a quote he heard recently: “We spend our whole lives waiting for our parents to apologize. They spend theirs waiting for a thank you. Neither of us ever gets what we want.” (Callahan, S., Lehmann, Z.). The insight of this quote, from a sitcom, astounds me.

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