When I got my concealed permit, and started acquiring firearms, I can say with confidence that my mom was shall we say...less than thrilled. I chalked it up to the fact that she comes from an era where women were taught to be protected and not take an active role in their own safety. I explained that I carry for the same reason I learned CPR and wear my seatbelt, I never expect to need either of them, but not having it when you need it is unacceptable. I came from an era where I learned the only person truly concerned with and responsible for your safety and success is YOU.
Expressed my views and backed it up with logical reason. Showed her through example safe handling and dedication to safety and training. Not only invited her to shoot with me but (almost harassed her to go) made sure she had no excuse not to. Drilled safety before shooting and taught her to safely handle and fire the various weapons.
She came away with a different view.
Her little girl had grown up, and knows a thing or two, is responsible and careful.
She also learned her old hands cannot handle a firearm proficiently so we discussed other methods of self protection within her comfort level. Mom now is armed with hornet spray
and does not hassle me about my side arm. Showing her through example and experience that safety, both mine and that of others, is my primary concern made all the difference and will only come with time and dedication to that end. Good Luck.
Because the alternative is unthinkable.