You do not have to tolerate abuse or toxicity from anyone. ESPECIALLY those you share DNA with.
In fact. I would offer that rather than being more ready to ‘forgive’ someone from your blood family, perhaps they should have to work harder to earn your presence and trust.
Because it is within the bonds of blood where we are supposed to feel safest, most loved, most accepted, most wanted, and most needed. And when someone betrays that bond, it is a much deeper betrayal than that from someone whom you aren’t related to. After all. Those we love the most hurt us the most.
To be loved is a huge power and privilege, and therefore should be revered and respected. To not do so demonstrates the character of a person.
So put your boundaries in. Keep yourself safe. Don’t accept anything that doesn’t make you feel valued and accepted.
DNA doesn’t give someone the right to abuse you.
Blood doesn’t offer a gateway to toxicity.
And Boundaries are enforceable against everyone.
Whatever their position in your life ❤️