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Mom Loves You Best: Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships
     

Mom Loves You Best: Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships

by Cathy Cress, Kali Cress Peterson
 

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The bonds between siblings are the longest connections in our lives, and sibling relationships are among the most enduring ones we’ll ever have. But for many this bond has not always been smooth — many of us are stuck with childhood memories of conflict that have been festering for years. In Mom Loves You Best, two recognized experts on sibling

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The bonds between siblings are the longest connections in our lives, and sibling relationships are among the most enduring ones we’ll ever have. But for many this bond has not always been smooth — many of us are stuck with childhood memories of conflict that have been festering for years. In Mom Loves You Best, two recognized experts on sibling relationships demonstrate how to move beyond the childhood strife, giving readers the tools to make forgiveness achievable through their prescriptive ten-step process. Readers not only forgive their siblings but also themselves as they let these ten straightforward steps guide them toward exoneration and improved feelings. A book that enables anyone to successfully repair family ties, Mom Loves You Best puts readers on the path to reconciliation and healthy adult relationships.

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Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
This self-help book is for people who have unhappy relationships with their siblings. The authors offer an overview of how the culture of a period in history can deeply influence familial attitudes. They describe a general set of characteristics for the "Greatest Generation" (the 1920's and 1930's); the "Silent Generation" (post WW II); the "Baby Boomers" age (1950's and 1960's); Generation "X" (1970's through 1980's), and Generation "Y" (1990's through present day). From this broader perspective, they go on to explore how family culture and rules, both spoken and unstated, affect relationships and power within families. Using case studies to illustrate a range of scenarios, the book introduces strategies for understanding one's "I Hate You" story. Some cases are extreme: an older brother, forced to care for his young sibling, puts him on a stool surrounded by broken glass and leaves him there, resulting in a traumatic trip to the hospital for stitches. Perhaps more familiar to some readers, a woman is resentful of her older brother, who was favored by deed and material gifts throughout their lives. When their mother needs constant care, the privileged son does nothing to help ease the burden. The emphasis is on the person who is suffering from anger and pain. Readers are encouraged to learn relaxation exercises, to explore the issues and circumstances that surround the rift, to journal, confide in a "trusted" other, and then take practical steps towards embracing and healing the broken relationship. It is acknowledged that some relationships cannot be changed, in which case the person is encouraged to move on and take care of him/herself in new relationships and settings. There is also a focus on helping children learn to avoid repeating these damaging roles and family "traditions." This is a practical and simply written guide. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan

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ISBN-13:
9780882823218
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.48(d)

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