• When Parents Hurt

  • Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along
  • By: Joshua Coleman PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This unique book supports parents who are struggling with the heartache of having a teenager or an adult child who is troubled, angry, or distant. Such rifts can cause unspeakable sorrow that parents too often must bear alone. Psychologist and parent Joshua Coleman, PhD, offers insight, empathy, and perspective to those who have lost the opportunity to be the parents they desperately wanted to be and who are mourning the loss of a harmonious relationship with their child.

Through case examples and healing exercises, Dr. Coleman helps parents:

  • Reduce anger, guilt, and shame
  • Learn how temperament, the teen years, their own or a partner's mistakes, and divorce can strain the parent-child bond
  • Come to terms with their own and their child's imperfections
  • Understand how society's high expectations of parents contribute to the risk of parental wounds

By helping parents recognize what they can do and let go of what they cannot, Dr. Coleman helps families develop more positive ways of healing themselves and relating to each other.

©2008 Joshua Coleman, PhD (P)2016 Tantor

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Not a good audible selection

I do believe the content provided by Dr. Coleman is worthwhile. However the format of the book, with questionnaires interspersed throughout, made it difficult to listen to in audible format.
I forced myself to listen through to the end, so grateful when it was over.

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Very good

The voice of the narrator is fine. Ignore those who are criticizing it. The questions are fine as well.

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Gives clear steps of what to do.

Really appreciate the clear steps given to take in estrangement. Was shocking to hear him describe me to a T as a result if my childhood.

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Not worth tour time...

Reading was very poor and very robotic. Stopped listening after 1st chapter. Would actually love to gett money back.

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Great information!

I enjoyed learning all about estrangement and hearing so many stories of others going through the same. Much clarification I needed and ideas of how to move forward. I joy to listen to, laughed and cried!

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Helpful

I have already used some of the techniques and found them helpful with both my relationship with my adult daughter and forgiveness of my own mother.

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It’s hard to get past the robotic speaking

I really want to ”read” this book but it’s difficult to listen to. It doesn't sound like a person reading it. It sounds like a computer robot voice. Extremely disappointing

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Eye Opening and Real

My life is changed in the most positive way from this book. Truly and eye opening experience and I am so glad I've stumbled upon this excellent book. The narration felt robotic and almost like it was read by automation which I found distracting. that said, the information has indeed changed my life for the better.

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Amazing insightful book!

This book was so helpful in understanding my relationship with my adult daughter and how to grow with her as she faces life’s adult challenges.

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Very supportive for estranged parents and kids

This was a recommended read because of the anguish experienced when family members experience estrangement. It helped me tremendously. Listening to others' experiences made me feel less alone in coping with this painful part of life's journey. Most of all, the book helps to get the reader to the point of acceptance and hope without as much of the grief, confusion and guilt. Narration pleasant and easy to listen to.