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    Honoring your mother and father?

    How do you find a balance between honoring your mother and father and taking care of yourself? How do you define "honoring?" At what point do you realize that having a relationship with your mother or father is too mentally damaging? When you realize your relationship with a parent is too unhealthy, what do you do? How do you honor them?

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    Love you mom and dad the way Jesus loves us. We may not always agree with our parents, but we can always share truth with a loving heart and help them with anything we have, whether its material things or our time.

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    Re: Honoring your mother and father?

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyman View Post
    Love you mom and dad the way Jesus loves us. We may not always agree with our parents, but we can always share truth with a loving heart and help them with anything we have, whether its material things or our time.
    It's so much more than that. It's way beyond agreeing or disagreeing. My relationship with my mom is a toxic. Same for my siblings and her. When does helping become enabling? How do you honor someone who disrespects you? What if giving a person your time creates hardships for you? What if your 'helping' her is actually not good for her? Do you keep 'helping' even though it's harming her? How do you set the boundaries? Or are there no boundaries at all, even if what a parent wants isn't best for them? Should you continue giving them what they want?

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    I wouldn't give people anything that would hurt them, no matter what my relationship was to them. Generally, helping becomes enabling when the only reason people need help is that they're lazy.
    We can love people who disrespect us without being a doormat. Personally, I do what I can for people and if they're unhappy I can't do more then they'll have to be unhappy.

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