Giving up often comes from a sense of desperation or hopelessness. The thought attached to this is frequently, "I don't care." You feel weak and like victim.
Letting go comes from a position of trust....a trusting that if you step back from the situation, a better outcome will occur. You care very deeply but you realize this might not be the right time, or the right place, you may not have enough information or you might be the right person to support your family member in moving though the situation. It is a very powerful position.
Parenting Practice: This week, see if there is a situation that you might serve everyone better by letting go. A clue is to look for situations where you are more invested or attached than the other person.
By Kathryn Kvols, Author of book and parenting course Redirecting Children's Behavior and founder of INCAF.
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