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Navigating Strained Relationships with Adult Children: Embracing Imperfections and Moving Forward

As mothers, we always want the best for our children. We pour our love, time, and energy into their upbringing, making sacrifices along the way. However, sometimes our relationships with our adult children become strained. In these moments, it is important to acknowledge that we are not perfect. We may have made mistakes, but we always acted with the belief that we were doing what was best at the time. This blog post explores the complexities of strained relationships with adult children and offers insights on moving forward. We will also share scripture from the Bible that provides guidance in these situations. Remember, while we cannot change the past, we can choose to be the best version of ourselves and move forward.

1. Embracing Imperfections and Accepting the Past:

As mothers, we must acknowledge our imperfections and accept the mistakes we have made. We acted with the knowledge and understanding we had at the time, even if it wasn't always the right choice. We cannot change the past, but we can learn from it and embrace our imperfections. By doing so, we pave the way for healing and growth.

2. The Complexity of Adult Children Returning:

Sometimes, despite strained relationships, adult children find their way back to their families. This can be a joyful and hopeful moment, providing an opportunity for rebuilding and reconnecting. However, we must also recognize that this is not always the case. Sometimes, despite our efforts and desires, the relationship remains distant or broken. In these instances, we find solace in knowing that we have done our part and continue to offer love and support, even if it is not reciprocated.

3. Biblical Wisdom for Strained Relationships:

The Bible offers timeless wisdom and guidance for navigating strained relationships with adult children. Here are a few scriptures that can provide solace and encouragement during challenging times:

- Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it." This verse reminds us of the importance of sowing seeds of goodness and wisdom in our children's lives. Even if they stray, the foundation we laid can still have an impact.

- Philippians 3:13-14: "Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." This scripture encourages us to let go of past mistakes and focus on the present and future. We cannot change what has already happened, but we can choose to grow and become the best version of ourselves.

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

These verses remind us of the power of love. Even in strained relationships, love can be a guiding force. It teaches us to be patient, kind, and understanding, offering hope for reconciliation.


Strained relationships with adult children can be emotionally challenging for mothers. However, it is important to remember that we are human and prone to making mistakes. Despite our imperfections, we have always tried to do what we believed was best at the time. While some adult children may return to their families, others may not. In either case, we can find solace in the fact that we cannot change the past, but we can choose to move forward, embracing our imperfections and striving to be the best version of ourselves. Scripture provides guidance and encouragement, reminding us of the power of love and the hope for reconciliation.

Remember, it is never too late, and miracles can happen. We encourage you to share your thoughts on this blog and invite you to join our newly founded Christian community of families supporting families.

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