IF YOU TRY to be your wife’s father or your husband’s mother in order to control their freedom, you will, as a result, have a partner who will behave like a rebellious teenager.

This revolt may be passive or aggressive and prove to be quite wrong as well, but the first error came from your controlling attitude. Do not try to be your partner’s guardian. We were not made to be controlled, but to be free. Every excessive form of control eventually leads to rebellion.

The correct thing to do is give your partner freedom, but demand the use of it with responsibility and respect for the relationship.

Understand: freedom with responsibility is only one aspect of a healthy relationship, not the solution to a relationship sick from other illnesses.

 

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