- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (January 2, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780553381405
- ISBN-13: 978-0553381405
- ASIN: 0553381407
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 625 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toxic Parents: Overcoming Their Hurtful Legacy and Reclaiming Your Life Paperback – January 2, 2002
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I thought some of this was 'normal' and I was just being a jerky husband at times for not wanting to be around her family a lot and wanting to focus on her and my son apart from my in-laws, but I was really struggling. At times I'd feel very confident that the relationship governance I was seeking would be beneficial for us as a family and at other times I'd feel like a jerk for telling my wife exactly what I thought about how her family acted. I didn't feel like I had any kind of example to point to about how to manage the situation. I had trouble putting a lot of my emotions about it into words without it being a contention point in our marriage. This book spoke volumes to me in the first few chapters and really validated some things I was feeling and struggling with as a husband, a father and a man. I found myself highlighting sections that sounded almost like direct quotes from my in-laws. I couldn't put the book down because I felt like this author had been watching videos of the dysfunction in our extended family events for some time.
My wife has been reading it and has already put some tools from it to good use. I finally feel like our marriage is getting the air it needed to survive.
This book was probably the best thing that happened to our marriage and I was able to use the tools in it to help my wife navigate some very sticky family drama recently. She was also able to put the approaches in the book to good use in order to help out her sister who has been struggling and has been in therapy for a few years.