Magazine article Work & Family Life

Changing How Adults Relate to Their Parents

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Changing How Adults Relate to Their Parents

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Changing how adults relate to their parents

Reducing the conflicts you may feel as an adult child and becoming friends with your parents is a "forward movement of the most rewarding kind," writes Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of Nobody's Baby Now.

Whatever the specifics of your own situation, this book is a sensible, practical guide for sustaining a good relationship with your parents, developing one if it was absent when you were growing up and working on those aspects that are currently less than ideal.

The author pinpoints ways of dealing with problem areas: Will you always be the baby to your parents? Do they worry too much about you? Do they pit one sibling against another? Do they second guess or criticize your decisions?

Dr. Newman suggests that many of these issues can be addressed by shifting to a more equitable parent-peer relationship - in other words, by moving closer to being friends. She offers ideas for how to make this happen see front page story) . …

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