No one wants to be a cliché. For some, it’s a cliché to talk to a therapist about your childhood experience with your parents. I often hear statements like:
My parents did the best they could. I’m not going to blame them for my problems.
These clients are showing compassion for their parents. Raising kids is a tough job and no one is going to get it right every day. I think it’s true that most of us, including parents, are doing the best we can. If we could do better, we would.