Reconnecting With Your Estranged Adult Child: Practical Tips And Tools To Heal Your Relationship
ISBN: 1608686582
EAN13: 9781608686582
Language: English
Release Date: May 4, 2020
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.8" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.8509843 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Parents whose adult children have cut off contact wonder: How did this happen? Where did I go wrong? What happened to my loving child? Over time, holidays, birthdays, and even the birth of grandchildren may pass in silence. Anguish may turn into anger. While time, in and of itself, does not necessarily heal, actions do, and while every estrangement includes situation-specific variables, there are practical, effective, and universal techniques for understanding and healing these not-uncommon breaches.

Psychotherapist Tina Gilbertson has developed these techniques and tools over years of face-to-face and online work with parents, who have found her strategies transformative and even life-changing. Gilbertson cuts through the blame, shame, and guilt on both sides of the broken relationship. Parents will feel heard and understood but also challenged -- and guided -- to reclaim their role as tone setter and grow psychologically. Exercises, examples, and sample scripts empower parents who have felt powerless. Gilbertson shows that reconciliation is a step-by-step process, but the effort is well worth it. It is never too late to renew relations and experience better-than-ever bonds.

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   inappropriate suggestion...
This book has some good ideas, but the author lost when she suggested that parents of estranged children might share their situation hesitantly, just say that their child died! This is terrible, inappropriate advice, and I won 't get as much out of the book as I would have if this suggestion had not been included. I would suggest that this part should be reprinted if the book is ever eliminated! Who would ever lie like this, and what if a child found out that a parent said that... or what if the people lied to find out that it is a lie?
 
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   Not a martyr
I couldn t finish this book. In a nutshell, everyone who experiences estrangement is necessarily a child who has not met their emotional needs. In order to regain a relationship with your children, you must be a martyr. Because you are the parent, you must allow your children to accuse, attack, abuse, and handle you in any way. You must lose all your self-respect and allow your baby - adult children to walk all over you. I have self-esteem and know for certain that I was a good mother. I am no longer a doormat.
 
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   Best book on this topic out there
After decades of searching for the cause of my severe reactions, she explains it in an easy to understand way and gives several practical insights on how to help myself and my children. So grateful I found this book, I can 't wait to read the next one.
 
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   Small print for old eyes.
Normally I read on Kindle so that I can adjust the font size to my poor eyesight. However, having bought the paperback version, I can not make any adjustments and the font size is very small for me and makes it very difficult to read the book. So far, what I have read has been helpful and I hope that the rest of the book will be good as well. I will have to fight it just because of the small print.
 
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   Not perfect, but some good info can be gleaned
There is some good food for thought in this book, but I found it disappointing that the author feels it is a plus that she herself has no personal experience of being an abandoned parent. If she did, this would be a very different and more helpful book. There were moments in which I felt either chided or criticized by the author's view, which was not helpful. I've read most of the books recently published about this growing phenomenon. It seems like no one book has yet truly covered the theme and comprehensively in a way that really helps.
 
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   If I could give it 10 stars, I would!
This book is a must have book for estranged parents. It really opened my eyes and helped me understand what caused a pattern of estrangement in my family. If you are confused about why your child has distanced himself from you, you need this book. Her book Constructive Wallowing is just as good and ever so helpful in the healing process.
 
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   a must-have
A few months ago I joined the Reconnection Club by Mrs. Gilbertson, it was an eye opening experience for me. It did not disappoint me. It is a must-have book for parents who wish to reconnect with an estranged adult child and for parents with adult children who want to maintain healthy relationships. The book covers all aspects of estrangement, provides insights and practical strategies to reconnect with kids, and is full of sample letters, dialogues and phrases. It helps me get over my guilt for not being a good parent to my children and focus on what I can now do to improve my relationships with them. The book also promotes personal growth, focusing on feelings, boundaries, assertiveness, etc. I feel more prepared and confident in trying to reconnect with my estranged child.
 
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