It can feel awkward or seem taboo to set these kinds of limits, especially with our elders. Our goal is to do what is best for our emotional health and our children's, by trying to resolve conflicts peacefully and assertively. Our positive efforts will often detoxify these negative critics. If not, we'll know we've done our part and are not contributing to further hurt.
Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE is a second-generation parent educator and president of Parents Toolshop® Consulting. She is the author of 100+ resources for parents and family service professionals, including her award-winning book, The Parent's Toolshop® at Parent's Toolshop® Consulting, Ltd. Since 1980, Jody has trained parents and professionals through her dynamic presentations and served as internationally recognized parenting expert to the media worldwide. Get practical parenting resources, including more information about this topic at Parent's Toolshop®'s archive.
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