Mother-daughter relationships can be difficult. Especially if both are pretty strong-willed. Add an adoption into the mix and you can have fireworks, right? Let’s face it, we’re all broken people. Many adoptees feel like they don’t belong. If attachment issues are involved, they like to push us away to test and see if we’ll still be there in the ugliness. In typical family situations I believe God uses these conflicts to prepare us for the next phase in our kids’ lives – adulthood and moving out. Just remember, love unconditionally. That doesn’t mean parent without emotions. It means even when we’ve been hurt, reach out through the pain and show love. Confess when we’re wrong. Point out their bad behavior. But be Jesus to them. They’ll remember that for a lifetime.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 4:25-31