Yes. But there’s a big “but.” I’ve never seen success with the typical way we all try to build bridges or keep the door open. Some of the ways that do notbring them back are to keep:
- Giving them what they want in hopes they’ll know we love them and the door is always open so that, by some miracle, one day they’ll wake up transformed into decent, loving, caring adults with great character.
- Trying to educate, explain and teach what’s right. They don’t have the same standards of right and wrong that we do. And they don’t want to learn ours.
- Arguing about who did what. Argue that they’re misinterpreting, that their feelings are way out of proportion, or debate or reason with their emotions.
- Bribing them by giving them gifts and money. Appease them by accepting blame and guilt so they can beat us even more.
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