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The language of resilient families

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Families develop their own language that has meaning for them. “This is non-negotiable” has significant meaning in my tribe, going way beyond displaying an unwillingness to argue or negotiate.   It was a term that found its way into the family lexicon when I was parenting adolescents. It usually accompanied a parent request or expectation.    “You need to come to your grandma’s place this Sunday. It’s her birthday so it’s non-negotiable.”   End of story! No arguments entered into!   This is such a strong part of our family’s proprietary language that my adult daughter’s partner now uses it when establishingthe limits of his familial obligations. When testing the waters to see if he’s expected at a family function he’ll invariably ask, “Is next Friday night’s dinne...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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