How To Be A Grown-up Even Around Your Own Parents

How To Be A Grown-up Even Around Your Own Parents

by Frank Pittman

People don't become grown-ups until they realize that their parents, however wonderful, were badly misinformed and sometimes stark, raving mad.
"You know what my scenario was for this whole thing? I was gonna move away. I was gonna get rich and move into a luxurious mansion. My parents were gonna come visit me—once—and say 'Oh, what a nice mansion. We love you, Dave.' And I was gonna say 'I love you too, Mom and Dad.' And then they were gonna go away and die. Does this make me an asshole?"
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Frank PittmanFrank Pittman, MD (1935-2012) was the author of Grow Up! How Taking Responsibility Can Make You a Happy Adult (1999), Private Lies: Infidelity and Betrayal of Intimacy (1990) and Turning Points, a book about treating families in transitions and crises. He is also featured on the video Empowerment Family Therapy. Dr. Pittman practiced out of Atlanta, Georgia, where he was active as a psychiatrist and family therapist from 1962 until his death in 2012. 

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Learning objectives:

  • Assess the intergenerational dynamics between parents and their adult offspring.
  • Discuss ways parenting our own children impacts our sense of self and our relationships with our parents.
  • Explain the significance of coming to terms with our parents? imperfections.
  • Describe ways adults can have relationships of mutual respect with their parents.
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