Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Parent Always.A Friend in the Making

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Parent Always.A Friend in the Making

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A parent always...a friend in the making

Rediscovering your parents and reducing conflicts as an adult is "forward movement of the most rewarding kind," says Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of the new book Nobody's Baby Now.

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

The author pinpoints ways of dealing with problem areas: Will you always be the baby to your parents? Do they worry incessantly? Do they pit one sibling against another?

Dr. Newman suggests that many of these issues can be addressed by shifting to a more equitable parent-peer relationship-by moving closer to being friends-and she offers many ideas for how to make that happen (see front page).

The book contains specific down-to-earth advice on how to interact with an overly sensitive parent, ways to handle your parents' reaction to your partner and guidelines for accepting your parents' new partners.

Strategies for managing holiday conflicts are discussed along with advice on money matters. Wonderfully detailed and helpful lists of suggestions augment the text throughout the book. …

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