Helping vs Enabling

Kevin Ference Emotional Strength

The difference between “being there” and helping until it hurts.

Recently, I had a patient say to me, “Of course I’m going to help him. I’m his mother!” I understood her sentiment, but I also knew that this woman was practically unraveling her own life for the sake of a grown son who hardly seemed to notice her sacri ces. She’d lost sight of the difference between help- ing and enabling.