It’s All Mom’s Fault, or Is It?

We have focused many posts on the adult children of emotionally barren families.  As we go forward there will be posts on resilience and recovery for them.  But before we begin that, it’s important to complete the information on family structure. As mentioned originally, this work began with work on families of alcoholics. Studies showed that an alcoholic was more likely to achieve and maintain sobriety when his wife went into treatment as...

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What Do You Think?

Donna Brown, from the Indie Exchange has worked tirelessly on behalf of independently published authors.  She leads an active group on Facebook and has an amazing website. I am delighted to let you know that Donna has accepted the cover of my first book, Family Ties for the cover showcase at the Indie Exchange. I admit that I’m prejudiced – I think it’s fabulous.  Please stop by and let me know what you think. I’d...

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3.5 Steps to Lasting Personal Change

Over the past few months, this blog has explored the roles, rules and characteristics of children raised in emotionally barren families.  We’ve talked about your personal lives, families, friends and characters.  But one constant has been the question: “Okay, that’s how I am, so how do I change myself?” Psychologists seem to agree that change follows a specific process which I’ve outlined here.  And they’re...

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The Last 3 Characteristics of Adult Children

We have reached the last 3 characteristics of adults raised in emotionally barren families. 1. Are super responsible or super irresponsible. 2. Are extremely loyal, even in the face of evidence that the loyalty is undeserved. 3. Are impulsive. They tend to lock themselves into a course of action without giving serious consideration to alternative behaviors or possible consequences. The first characteristic is visible and obvious for heroes and...

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I’m Guest Blogging Today

The delightful, organized and fun, Karenna Colcroft invited me to post today.  Stop by her blog and read a bit of what I learned at the RT Convention last week in Chicago. Karenna is the awesome author of 17 books, available on Amazon.  I’m thrilled to be joining her in my first ever guest post. In honor of the occasion, my first release, Family Ties, a contemporary romance is free today on...

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