When a partner or spouse returns from war, it is a time of joy; but it is also a time of transition, challenges, and uncertainty. The truth is that the process of reintegration can last for years, and it can be a particularly difficult time for both returning heroes and their families.
If your partner has recently returned from war, or if they will be returning soon, you should be prepared for the unique challenges that lay ahead. Your loved one may suffer from psychological and physical wounds, experience “battlemind,” a condition that leaves them constantly anxious and on-edge, and they may even have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If they are uncommunicative, you may feel like you are living with a stranger, and struggle to recreate the bond of intimacy you once shared.
In Coming Back Together, clinical psychologist Steven L. Sayers offers real tools to help you reestablish family routines and build a stronger sense of intimacy with your partner after a military deployment, even if they are resistant to help. The challenges of reintegration can come as a surprise, but you can arm yourself with the skills needed to face this difficult time and help your partner build the resilience needed to heal. This book will be your guide.
The Power of Positive Confrontation explains that there’s more to conflict than bullies and wimps. In fact, Barbara Pachter details a wide range of positive, dignified, and effective behavior readers can practice when dealing with life’s bothersome situations. Whether it’s an overbearing mother-in-law, a freeloading coworker, or the self-appointed political pundit pontificating on Facebook, this book gives readers the tools they need to handle every difficult conversation calmly and effectively.
Christy Monson, a retired family therapist, provides in simple language concrete examples and clear language to family success through family councils.
While families are diverse and their needs are unique, a family council provides a safe and strong environment for every family to discuss issues and explore the best ways to have the family succeed. A family council is not just any meeting. It's a special event that provides a background and foundation to create healthy family synergy. Monson teaches families what a family council is and what it is not, why it’s a perfect environment for teaching, for exploring difficult issues, learning how to play, and how best to solve problems at home, school, or work. Monson also includes information for families with special needs.
Family councils are a great way to bring children and parents together in a positive environment where they can discuss and solve problems.