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Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips for Better Relationships Paperback – January 8, 2013
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Susan Forward, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author of Toxic Parents and Emotional Blackmail
"A very helpful book and a very easy read."
- Susan Forward, Ph.D. New York Times Best-Selling Author of Toxic Parents and Emotional Blackmail
"Cue Cards For Life is a refreshing common sense approach to relationships. Ms. Steinorth has captured principles that work and has put them in a fun and exciting format. These principles are not only correct - they have the power to change lives. What parent has not torn their hair out over a teenager in transition? Cue cards offer help parents will appreciate. This is a great book for everyone who wants to improve their relationships. I am looking forward to recommending this book to my clients and to my classes in family relationships. When all is said and done the most important thing in a persons life is their relationships. This book empowers people to get the most from those relationships. Congratulations Ms. Steinorth your book is spectacular and fun. What a rare find!"
- Lee Reid, Ph.D. M.F.T.
"I enjoyed Cue Cards for Life” not just because it gives out ideas that we can use in daily life but also that is easy to read and assimilate. Of course we all know most of these basic principles outlined in the book, but people like tend to forget them” in the sometimes dysfunctional emotion and thinking in the fast lane of life. This is handy book for introspection, to keep to referring to as reminders of what is right and not just what gives transient emotional satisfaction at the cost of long term difficulties."
- physicianwriter, Library Thing Reviewer
"I appreciated this deceptively simple book of cue cards. More than simply a modern Miss Manners, Ms. Steinorth provides practical tips for smoothing and strengthening communication in every relationship and for myriad occasions, including everyday interpersonal basics everyone should know."
- michellewriting, Library Thing Reviewer
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It's a book to read before it's too late in any relationship, and is a guide in how to avoid the pitfalls that we all run into from time to time. Whether it be a parent/child, male/female, friend/friend, coworkers, or just interacting with people we come in contact with as we go about our day.
How we unknowingly make mistakes in how we speak to others, and how our words effect others. It opened my eyes to many areas in everyday life, and how things that are small and insignificant to some are not to others. Things that I take for granted apparently should not be taken for granted.
It's just a good all around guide for our everyday lives.
Marriage and family therapist Dr. Christina Steinorth believes that "...it is time to bring grace, consideration and thoughtfulness back into our family and social relationships..." Her small but powerful book, Cue Cards for Life, creates written "sound bytes" for paying attention to your relationships, and developing logical, comforting guidelines to keep them healthy. Her book has nine far-reaching chapters: The Basics, Cue Cards for Love Relationships, Marriages, Babies, In-Laws and All Things Family, Cue Cards for Parents with Teens, Cue Cards for Interacting with Aging Parents, Cue Cards for the Workplace, Cue Cards for Friendships, Parties and Social Events, Cue Cards for Effective Apologies, and an excellent chapter of checklists, references and resources.
Many of the things that Steinorth discusses may seem to be the kind of thing you say, "Well, Duh," about, and yet how often do we just not think to do these common sense things? I recently had a falling out with a much-older sibling, over something totally ridiculous. I wrote three emails and threw them all away. Reading Steinorth's chapter on saying sorry, made me realize I didn't need to be wordy, or defensive. I wrote an email that was 3 sentences long!
I admitted I was wrong, I said I was sorry to hurt my sister, I asked her to forgive me for my thoughtless behavior and told her I would be more careful in the future. When a relationship is important, the he-said-she-said stuff doesn't matter. What matters is opening the relationship up to its future possibilities.
The chapter on aging parents is very vital in today's world of sandwich families--having kids at home, and "parental units" in need of care, either long term or short term. I think every young adult should be aware of the reality of aging parents. It is uncomfortable and often emotional, yet Steinorth takes you through it with her cue cards. (The cue cards are tucked in the midst of the meat of the chapters, small graphics that highlight the important cue points,) This one, for example, gets to the pith of the issue, "Check in with your parents when you can, and just chat."
Wherever you are on life's journey, your relationships define you, and help you through the good and the bad times. It is about communication, understanding, appreciation, honesty and self-knowledge. It may seem to be a no-brainer, but reading this book, you can find all kinds of tidbits of help that you can use over and over again. We can all take a cue here, to present ourselves with kindness and create the relationships that are good for everyone involved.
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If you have spent time reading books and articles or blogs and online sites with self-help suggestions, you won’t find a lot of new stuff here, but you will find simple practical advice in one small book that works in establishing new relationships or improving existing relationships.
People of all ages may find these tried and true steps to be remarkably effective in becoming a cherished partner, friend or relative ….. with small efforts yielding broad effects.
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