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What to do if an adult child calls you toxic

While we may not expect any Parent of the Year awards for the decades we spent raising kids, most of us believe we did a good job. But sometimes our adult children feel differently, blaming their disappointments on what we did — or didn’t do — as parents.

In extreme cases, some even label their parents “toxic” and cut off contact. The level of estrangement can range from bypassing family events to a total information blackout. One of the most traumatic situations is when adult kids won’t allow parents to visit with grandchildren.

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