When Parents Hurt by Joshua Coleman
Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along

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This unique book supports parents who are struggling with the heartache of having a teenager or an adult child who is troubled, angry, or distant. Such rifts can cause unspeakable sorrow that parents too often must bear alone. Psychologist and parent Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., offers insight, empathy, and perspective to those who have lost the opportunity to be the parent they desperately wanted to be and who are mourning the loss of a harmonious relationship with their child. Through case examples and healing exercises, Dr. Coleman helps parents:

Reduce anger, guilt, and shame

Learn how temperament, the teen years, their own or a partner's mistakes, and divorce can strain the parent-child bond

Come to terms with their own and their child's imperfections

Maintain self-esteem through difficult times

Develop strategies for rebuilding the relationship or move toward acceptance of what can't be changed

Understand how society's high expectations of parents contribute to the risk of parental wounds

By helping parents recognize what they can do, and let go of what they cannot, Dr. Coleman helps families develop more positive ways of healing themselves and relating to each other.

 

About Joshua Coleman

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Dr. Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert in parenting, couples, families, and relationships. He is a Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. The author of two critically acclaimed books, The Marriage Makeover and The Lazy Husband, he is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, and his advice has been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Psychology Today, the Times (London), and elsewhere. He is a frequent guest on the Today show and has appeared on 20/20, Good Morning America, and many other news programs. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay area.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 322 pages
Genres: Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Parenting and relationship expert Coleman points out that one can be a devoted parent and still have things run amok.

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