Parents and Children: Communicating Without Guilt and Frustration

Recorded in November 1997 by the Center for New Thinking.

Our most difficult audience is our own family. We have a strong emotional investment in their approval and success. Talking to parents is sometimes forbidding because they intimidate us with their disapproval. Talking to children is sometimes frustrating because they do not always give us the respect we think we deserve. Familiarity does breed a certain amount of contempt. Sharing, teaching and persuading in this environment demands both self-awareness and self-control. Our frustration sometimes leads us off on tangents that keep us from focusing on the goals we want to achieve in our family. Oftentimes our love sounds like hostility and is misunderstood.

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