A Guide for Living with Sinister Sisters, Drama Mamas, and Infuriating In-Laws
On Sale: September 28, 2007
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You can survive the "kitchen wars"—and live in peace with
"My sisters-in-law couldn't stand me. I was really hurt when
my kids weren't mentioned in their grandmother's obituary
because they weren't 'full-blooded' family."
"My mom is always giving advice, always telling me to do
such and such when she doesn't do it herself. If my husband
and I have a fight, she takes his side!"
"My sister did call me a week later to apologize but
proceeded to tell me everything that was wrong with me, my
husband, and my children."
Sound familiar? There's nothing new or unusual about
conflict between mothers, sisters, and other female family
members—but that doesn't make it any less painful or
destructive. Adding to the hurt of relational abuse within
the family is the permanent nature of the relationship: you
can sever relations with an abusive friend, but you can't
stop being the sister/daughter/niece of an abusive relative.
Does that mean that there's no way out?
In Forced to Be Family, you'll discover how to determine
whether a female family member is being abusive, recognize
the sources of that abuse, and break the vicious cycle that
keeps the abuse alive. You don't have to choose between
accepting abuse and "making a scene." This insightful,
reassuring guide gives you the strategies and understanding
you need to reestablish warm and loving relationships with
the women who will always be closest to you.
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