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Family members can hurt each other enough to cut-off relations.

Some struggles includes in-laws (grandparents). Some families have adoption and interracial complexity. Siblings each have their own version of the family.

Families seek help for emotional and religious changes, financial and educational challenges, or transgender issues.

In a new wrinkle on an old problem, some families have a secret jihadist, whose existence is revealed by the F.B.I. Secrets may wreak havoc on family relationships.

When a new family is blended after re-marriage, struggles intensify.

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Rescue Marriages

It probably seemed pretty clear how the first problem marriage structure, of the over- and under-functioning spouses, could lead to marital stress–although  many of these couples stay together for the long-term. The second ‘problem marriage,’ in my view, though, is that of the rescue marriage, and oftentimes it’s harder for people to see the problem with […]

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Eating Crow in 2018

“Eat more crow. Its the most nutritious of all brain foods.” This New Year’s advice from Jason Zweig (WSJ, Dec.30, 2017), although it appeared 3/4 of the way though a longish series of resolutions, arrested me, shouted out to me, and pierced me. When I was a self-righteous teen-ager (weren’t we all?), frustrated Mom stomped […]

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Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family

Anne Robert’s guest post add important information to my multiple earlier posts on challenges for blended families. Taking a Vacation as a Blended Family Blending families is never easy, and many couples (and their children) need support and mediation in order to overcome their vision of what the ‘perfect family’ looks like and accept the reality […]

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