Learn About Each Room:
The Family Room
The Family Room is where you deal with parents, grown siblings and anyone else you can misbehave with and still expect to love you no matter what. Fight with your sister? She still has to be supportive when the chips are down. Mom calling you incessantly? You may want to let the answering machine pick up, again, but ultimately you love her and she knows that. You just may not want to chat four times a day. Welcome to the family room, where the people you love can also be the ones who drive you crazy!
Here are a few of the shared stories in the book and you’ll find strategies for working on them there too.
- My mother always told me I was too big for your britches!
- Everybody loves me! Why not my in-laws? I want their approval,
- My brother is difficult. Who’s going to be nice to him if I’m not?
- Even as a grown up I feel like my parents keep the strings attached.
- I feel like I’m married to my sibling! We do everything together.
- I hate my aging parents. But I know they can’t help getting older.
- We grew up distant in age but I wish my sister and I could be close.
Now we’d love to hear some of your own ”family room” stories. Think of them as seeds (of discontent) that make you want to change something going on in your life. The first step to any meaningful shift is to recognize what is wrong, or what is bringing you down (the seed) and then trying out a new approach or strategy (we call it a key process). You can share in the Key Processes section and let others know how it went. If it was a winner or you “cleaned up” the mess, you will have a takeaway idea (a pearl) and we encourage you to post your pearl for others to see.
Learn About Other Rooms
The Attic, the Office, the Bathroom, the Kid's Room, the Bedroom, the Family Room, the Kitchen, the Living Room, the Basement, the Tenth Room, and the Epilogue all have learning pages. Feel free to catch up and brush off your rooms before you begin the discussion.