Severing Ties with One's Parents
Webcast Q&A: 4 September 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on severing ties with one's parents on 4 September 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
When should a person maintain a relationship with his parents – or not? When, if ever, should an adult child distance himself from his parents – or cut them off completely? Does it matter if the parent was awful years ago, but since then, he's seemed to reform his ways?
My Answer, In Brief: If a parent does a serious-enough wrong, such that mutually beneficial relationship is impossible, then an adult child can and should sever ties.
- Duration: 9:54
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