This may be helpful for parents to give to their transitioning children.
Dear Adult Child:
Congratulations on reaching another milestone! I welcome you as my peer.
Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I too, am ready to get on with my life.
While you were growing up, my house was your home. That time is over, and I want some privacy. Do not just walk in. Call before you come over.
The family heirlooms are mine. When I want you to have them, I will give them to you. You cannot take grandma’s dining room table – if you need a table, then buy one.
I love all of my kids. That does not mean I have to treat them equally. Get over it.
I reserve the right to say no to all invitations, including an invitation to baby-sit your children.
I appreciate your right to make mistakes. They are not, however, my mistakes, and I will not bail you out.
I may make a Last Will and Testament. It doesn’t go into effect until I die. If I name you a beneficiary, that doesn’t mean you have an ownership interest in my property now. I do not have to limit my lifestyle to preserve your inheritance.
I will get older. I want to age gracefully and die with dignity. I may ask you to be my agent to help me make decisions and to handle my affairs. That does not mean that I want you to substitute your values for mine. If you cannot respect my wishes, then please tell me so now.
A close family relationship is worth more than the most precious diamonds. I love you. Now go get a life.
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