daughter is involved with a boy who is not a Christian. They dated
steadily from when she was 17 years old until recently. She was the
main pursuer in the relationship, driving him around when he didn't
have a car, calling him, paging him, etc. She started many behaviors
(cursing, smoking, etc) of which we disapprove. She finally
smothered him so much that he broke up with her over Christmas. She
begged us to allow her to transfer college to another city so she
could get over him. We agreed. However, they have resumed the
relationship long-distance, with her calling him, etc. I know I
cannot "make" her stop seeing him, but I need some advice.
How can we help her see the destructive nature of this relationship?
Her father and I divorced when she was 2, and I can't help but
believe that her low self-esteem encourages her to seek
relationships with men who are not what God has for her. How can we
encourage her, without "nagging?"
Thanks for the note about your daughter. I have bad news for you -
you cant do ANYTHING to help her. She is going to have to make her
own mistakes. She already knows your standards, your wishes,
desires, your fears and concerns. Now all you can do is support her
personally without appearing to approve of her relationship. I don't
think you have to say anything more. You definitely shouldn't do
anything that might cause your possible future son-in-law to hate
you. As much as you can, just give her to God and stick around to
help her pick up the pieces of her life. Divorce wreaks horrible
destruction in the lives of kids. Most people in prisons are from
broken homes. Its a spiritual tragedy, but there is nothing you can
do about that now, except be around when she falls. I know this is a
hard message, but I don't see any other alternatives for you. Let me
know if you want to talk further.