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I Group For Parents of Estranged Children

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    So Happy To Have Found This Site... - Hello everyone, I am very happy to have found this site this evening. Many of your stories have given me encouragement. Never in a hundred...
    Kathleenelaineb Kathleenelaineb 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2013

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    We Stopped Financial Support And Our 26 Year Old Has Cut Off Contact - Our daughter is an intelligent, often charming, capable young woman who chose the field of art history for...
    heartlandhannah heartlandhannah 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    Cruel Son - Our son is in his late twenties,engaged,working,and up until a year ago was the light of our life.  All this changed when my husband who had just had a triple bypass...
    1479A 1479A 51-55, F 7 Responses May 1, 2011

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    Our 34 year old daughter always said I was her best friend until 5 years ago when she started complaining that we treated her two older brothers better than we treated her. There...
    3Z7c4 3Z7c4 61-65, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    My 39 Year Old Daughter Won't Have Anything To Do With Me And It Hurts Like He** - My adult daughter and her kids came to visit frome overseas and in 2 weeks I did something so...
    Angel1948 Angel1948 61-65, F 4 Responses Jan 15, 2011

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    Both Son And Daughter Have Decided To Stop Talking To Me. - I had and raised a son and daughter.  Both are married and have families of their own.  I was very close with my son...
    cadyempr cadyempr 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    My Estranged Son - I also have a 29yr. old son who has estranged himself from me for 7 years and it still hurts like mad. I  am British, living in the US with my American...
    angela3000 angela3000 56-60 6 Responses Sep 18, 2010

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    Abandoned - It's late, I'm alone and despondent, I weep for my son. I miss him dearly and don't understand why he abandoned me, his dad, his brother, whole family, home. What...
    Beaner59 Beaner59 46-50, F 25 Responses Sep 8, 2009

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    Where did you go David? I was trying to be the best mom that I knew how to be. I gave all I had to my sons, but I have lost my oldest son. He won't speak to me anymore. How...
    NoDavid NoDavid 46-50 1 Response Jan 29

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    I raised three girls by myself for eight years as my husband was a loser. We struggled financially but I eventually found my current husband when the oldest was 9. Needless to...
    5861bold 5861bold 51-55 1 Response Mar 30

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    Estranged Mother - I'm fifty nine and have to children a daughter of thirty nine and a son early thirties. Over the past five or so years they haven't contacted me or attempted to...
    vivmac vivmac 56-60, F Sep 23, 2013

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    Update - Dear Friends, For the most part I have accepted being the outsider in my 2 grown daughter's lives. My 4 grandchildren make it worthwhile. But sometimes I still feel...
    michelephoto michelephoto 66-70, F Sep 22, 2013

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    Estranged Adult Child - I am the mother of an estranged adult child who I have not seen in three years.  I am hoping to reach out to other parents are experiencing this...
    atshemi atshemi 56-60 84 Responses Mar 19, 2009

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    I have three grown children - two sons and a daughter. I have a wonderful relationship with my oldest son and my daughter, but have had a rocky road with my middle son for the past...
    separatedandhurt separatedandhurt 51-55, F Feb 11

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    How Do I Cope... - My 18 yr old son refuses to talk to me or see me and I just can't let him go. I'm sure that there are things as a mother that I've done wrong but were they so...
    Hrtbrokn Hrtbrokn 51-55, F 14 Responses Dec 20, 2010

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    2 Daughters Who Ignore Me (mom) - We aren't estranged but almost. I have 2 adult daughters (ages 45 & 40) who still act like teenagers around me. I thought it would change when...
    michelephoto michelephoto 66-70, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2012

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    Hope For The Future - Dear Parents and Fellow Children Rearing Disappointed I struggle with this on a daily basis. What did I do wrong and what could I have done differently...
    bonnie1234567 bonnie1234567 46-50 7 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    Hurting So Bad ;( - I have 2 adult children. After 5 long years of no contact my daughter started emailing me which I am very happy about although the emails are strained and few...
    janine407 janine407 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    Just Bummed - I had a fantastic relationship with my daughter all the years she was growing up. She is 30 now and though she lives two miles away and has been to my house maybe 4...
    pmynx pmynx 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    Help, Is There Anybody Out There? - I would like to start some type of group for adults who have estranged children. I am curious if I am the only one. I am looking for peoplewho...
    bluejay2fly bluejay2fly 41-45, M 20 Responses Feb 21, 2012

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    My almost 19 year old daughter has chosen to completely cut me out of her life. It will be 1 year this June since I have seen her or had a conversation with her. It's a very long...
    AlizM AlizM 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 4

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    My Baby Girl Wont Talk To Me - Im a housewife all i did was tAke care of my husband and kids and of couse the house my baby girl and i was very close then she meet and married this...
    Leesajane Leesajane 46-50, F 1 Response Sep 9, 2013

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    My Oldest Son Has Cut Off All Contact With His Family - When this happens to a mom, it is humiliating, depressing and you feel so alone. Never would i have imagined others have and...
    LisaAJ LisaAJ 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    He'S 35 Today - I work nights so at times dates get away from me...but this morning as I was doing my paperwork the date jumped out at me like a coiled spring. My oldest son's...
    rzncne61 rzncne61 61-65 1 Response Apr 24, 2013

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    I adopted 2 sons and my oldest son and he has reactive attachment disorder. he was fine as a child and when he hit middle school he got with the wrong crowd, didnt do his homework...
    MonicaOlivia69 MonicaOlivia69 41-45, F Apr 9

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    My fiancée and I are dealing with two separate issuses. I want to start with his and his daughter he hasn't seen since age 1. Making a long story short he left her mother when...
    cindymichael201000 cindymichael201000 36-40, F Feb 8

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    A Family History Of Estrangement - As I read other stories of estrangement, I see that in many families there is a history of estrangement. In mine, my sister walked away and...
    felicita felicita 66-70, F 8 Responses May 6, 2010

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    Hi, I wish I had this website 15 yrs ago. My daughter was a huge challenge to raise and my husband and I were 18 and 20 when we started our family. We both came into this...
    wecair wecair 51-55, F Jan 27

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    I raised my two kids by myself and my daughter developed an eating disorder. Her Father, who moved out of state when they were small, re-appeared when she was 16 when she called...
    estrangedmom estrangedmom 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    Broken - I grew up in an abusive home. My father was emotionally, physically and sexually abusive. My mother and I were close; like 2 inmates in a prison camp. There was a family...
    marimagi marimagi 51-55 1 Response Sep 21, 2013

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    Working At Having Self Respect - I feel the pain of all parents whose children don't want them in their lives.  I have one child......a son.  He's now 42.  I took...
    polgal333 polgal333 66-70 10 Responses May 24, 2010

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    My son is 28. I raised him on my own as a single mom, I always worked very hard to give him a good life, we had a house, he had a good education, food, clothes and we even had...
    Katrinalccy Katrinalccy 51-55, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    About me; I was married for 22 years. The first 15 were wonderful. The trouble began when my ex-wife took a managerial position. More money, power over others..... Our...
    calabriano calabriano 56-60 Mar 19

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    Never thought I would be joining this type of group. But sadly here I am. Heres my brief, sad, painful story. My daughter who we love so very dearly. Grew up and married a man who...
    pebbles59 pebbles59 51-55, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I am a single parent of an estranged child for over a year now. I hurt and wrack my brain out every day as to what has happened between my daughter and I. She has turned our world...
    saraphim saraphim 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 19

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    Looking For Input - My story is the same as many of yours. Adult son of whom we were close until 1 1/2 years ago. His wife of 10 years was also close. We enjoyed much together...
    KLC916 KLC916 56-60, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2013

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    Giving Up - thats exactly what i have decided im going to have to do.. gosh ill try and shorten this as much as i can.. coz its a long long story that started back in middle school...
    momunderfire momunderfire 51-55 1 Response Oct 4, 2012

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    I can relate to all of your stories. I have 3 children; 18, 15, and 7. My oldest daughter works and goes to school and to the public, is a generally decent person...I feel my...
    ellemom ellemom 31-35, F Mar 1

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    Happy Mothers Day! - I am New here but I wanted to post Happy Mothers Day to everyone like me who gave birth to children who turned out to be mean little Heathens in abandoning us...
    Lonestar777 Lonestar777 46-50, F 2 Responses May 13, 2012

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    From The Perspective Of The Child - Children are emotionally bonded to their parents. For the estrangement to have happened, something must have gone very very wrong. In my case, I...
    Cantrelax Cantrelax 31-35 3 Responses Feb 20, 2013

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    Minimal Contact With Son For Three Years - My son is 21. I got divorced 8 years ago . Left because the marriage was dismal and I was incredibly depressed. Got involved with the...
    ibabble ibabble 41-45, F 18 Responses May 12, 2010

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    So Lonesome For Him! - Hi, I found this site a while back but didn't get up the nerve to post my story. Now, for my sanity, I have to talk to others in the same position. Without...
    Y1yorkie Y1yorkie 46-50, F 4 Responses Sep 14, 2012

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    Estranged From My 18 Year Old Daughter And Heartbroken. - I will try and be brief...I have had horrendous issues with my daughter since she was 15 Without any real friends she got...
    mammashazza mammashazza 51-55, F 7 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    I've always had a strained relationship with my daughter. I divorced her dad when she was around 5 and thought I was a very responsible single parent. Her dad was very much a...
    courageousmom courageousmom 66-70, F Apr 5

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    Love Not Returned - I got married at age 21. There had been doubts before the marriage about whether or not it was a good idea for us to marry (on both sides) but we were immature...
    Joycee1948 Joycee1948 66-70, F 1 Response Sep 18, 2013

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    Lost In Reality - My two teenage daughters have disowned me. When they were babies, I divorced their father and moved away for one year. I decided to leave the girls with their...
    seoulgirl72 seoulgirl72 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 8, 2013

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    Is It Our Son Or His Wife? - Our son is 28 and has been married to his high school sweetheart for three years. He was always a loving son and we have always considered her part of...
    Kathryn1955 Kathryn1955 51-55 13 Responses Jul 2, 2011

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    Why Are We Hurting So Bad - As I'm reading these posts I'm beginning to realize the pain of all these parents. Especially moms. Whether it's 1 year, 5, 10, 20 years it seems the...
    janine407 janine407 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 6, 2013

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    Missujess - my son met this young lady both 25 now, at work..she was living with another co-worker who had let her stay at his place as her car was re-possessed and they shared...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    Very Sad And Depressed - Im a Mother of four adult children, and neither of my sons speak to me , I have clinical depression and i passed it to all my kids. For this i take full...
    logansgram2000 logansgram2000 56-60 1 Response Oct 8, 2013

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    Lost My Daughter - I guess it might seem a little extreme saying ,lost my daughter. But in all reality I think Sometimes that she is gone forever in one way or another. I've done a...
    Tohopeto Tohopeto 51-55 1 Response Mar 2, 2012

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    I have been estranged from my 37 year old son, only child, for about ten years. Reconciliation is doubtful. Twelve years ago, his friends embezzled my fledgling company. Though I...
    Writer4kids Writer4kids 56-60, F 3 Responses Dec 23, 2013