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What can I do to help my parents?


Jul 14 2007
12:05 am

My aunt once reminded me that parents very rarely like to be told what to do by their own children, even if the children are adults (and are possible acting more adult-like than their own parents). Having seen similar situations, I think that it would be pretty difficult for you to take on the role of marriage counselor. You can mention the things you’ve noticed, as Anton suggests, and also let them know how their actions and the tensions between them are affecting you. After that, I wouldn’t have very many expectations. They may take your advice and begin working through issues, but whether or not they do is out of your hands. In my experience, your best bet is to explore how their issues are affecting you, and maybe find someone to talk with to help you deal with the situation, however it turns out. Good luck!