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How do you get some one older than you to take responsibility for their actions and inaction that caused less than desirable situations?

We'll pretend this "older person" is your mom.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:12 AM on Aug. 12, 2009 in Relationships

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  • It depends on what she did and how long ago she did it, and it depends on whether or not it directly involves you. We can draw boundaries for ourselves, and when those boundaries are violated, we can make sure that there are consequences for those violations. We forgive the offender but we still make there be consequences for the behavior. But it we are not directly involved, we pretty much have to chalk it up as being a character issue and let it go.

    Answer by NannyB. at 8:15 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

  • It depends on what happened because of their actions/inactions. I would need to know more about the "offense" in order to give a more precise answer.

    Truth is you can't make someone take responsibility. If someone's actions caused hurt or harm to you or your family and you bring it to their attention and the action continues then what can you do? You can't make them apologize or take it back. If that person decides in their time to change their behavior then you know that you got through to them. Good Luck.

    Answer by lilbit022009 at 8:39 AM on Aug. 12, 2009

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