Conflicted relationship with grandparents

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I promised myself when I became a parent that there were things I would never do, because my parents didn’t do it right. I had so much resentment about them and the last thing on earth is that I would let my children hang out with my dad. And I realized I was making a big mistake, because they say that grandchildren are the parents’ redemption for not killing you when you were a kid. But I think it’s even more than that. When you have a conflicted relationship with your parent and you let your child be with that parent, what you’re really saying is, “I’m giving you another chance. I’m giving you a chance to do it differently.” And when you do that, that’s forgiveness. And then what happens is you may have another chance with that parent with you. We can’t erase or change the way our parents changed us, but we can change the way that we parent them and the kind of parents we envision ourselves becoming.

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of four, author, speaker, TV personality, teacher and the spiritual life consultant for Canyon Ranch.  After eight years at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, she stepped out from behind the formal podium to share her message in all kinds of pulpits from The Today Show to a small baptist church in Alabama.  She published her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head in 2008; her second book will be published in early 2013. Rabbi Hirsch spends her free time practicing yoga, baking brownies and playing freeze dance with her husband and children.

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