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When Parents Have Problems: A Book for Teens and Older Children Who Have a Disturbed or Difficult Parent, Third Edition
Miller, Susan B., PhD
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2019-02-01 / 0398092672
Teen / Young Adult / Consumer/Survivor
price: $32.95
130 pages
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Numerous books have been written for adults who grew up coping with troubled and difficult parents. Often the adults who read these books say, I wish someone had told me that when I was a kid; it might have helped me so much. Unfortunately, not much has been written for the kids who are coping in the present with difficult or troubled parents. This book is written out of the belief that intelligent kids can use sound ideas to improve their lives, either on their own or with the help of healthy adults. It will offer help in sorting out whether a difficult situation may be a result of a parent’s problems. In this new third edition, changes have been made throughout in order to update and refine the author’s ideas. Two new chapters have been added, as well. The first new chapter addresses parents who tell lies. Dishonest parents are motivated in several different ways, but all dishonest parents pose special problems for their children. The second chapter discusses the idea that all parents have problems some of the time. In this chapter, the author helps young people look at the challenges posed by recognizing that all parents, even excellent ones, have shortcomings, and it differentiates between the ordinary shortcomings that all parents have and more serious problems in parenting. This book is an excellent resource for therapists, school counselors, group leaders, and others who work with children and teenagers and who want reading materials to recommend to them.

Table of Contents:


1. Getting Started

2. Selfishness

3. Mistreatment

4. When a Parent is in Pain

5. When a Parent Causes Pain

6. Parents in Poverty

7. When Parents Tell Lies

8. Parents with Difficult Personalities

9. Powerhouse Feelings

10. Troubled Parents and Ordinary Teen Life

11. Scapegoating

12. Too High a Price to Pay? Choosing Your Parent Over Yourself

13. Power Struggles and Other Power Issues in Troubled Families

14. Why Parents Have Problems

15. Professional Help: When and How to Get It

16. All Parents Have Problems

17. Finishing Up

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