Dad's Fault on Facebook. A Cautionary Tale.

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Recently I reunited with a son after many years apart. For various reasons, Divorce among them, we drifted apart. I kept contact with my daughter and thought I had a solid relationship even though it was long distance.

There are grand children involved from both my son and daughter. Three of the grand children are out of state, two are here where we live. Those two are the youngest and we are seeing them more often. Those out of state are nearly grown and we have never missed a birthday or Christmas gift to them.

Today, those relationships, except with the grand children here, are broken. It seems that the lives of my adult children are in chaos and they blame "our parents." So, what to do?

I believed I did everything a father could do. I told my children that I love them, helped them financially when they were in trouble, and advised them about how to live a trouble-free life. I even apoligized for working too many hours and not always being there when they were growing up.

The comment "our parents" appeared on Facebook for all my friends and relatives to see.

I did not bother to defend myself on Facebook but it taught me a lesson. Social media can reveal both the best and worst about families. If you use Facebook, remember that everything you say is seen and can be damaging.

 

Jim DeSantis is a retired Pastoral Counselor providing a free ebook to help save marriages. Download Save Your Marriage - here! No email or signup is required. It's an instant PDF download.

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