Is extended family overly involved in your relationship, your approach to parenting, and your life in general? Maybe one of you thinks so and the other doesn’t.
Do you dread events and holidays with extended family?
Does being with the family set you and your relationship back in some way?
Is one of you very involved with extended family while the other keeps a distance or lives far from theirs?
Often one family is very dynamic and animated while the other is more subdued, reserved, quiet and calm. This can be uncomfortable when either of you are around the others family, but it can also explain – and magnify differences between you.
Also common is the strain that it puts on you and your relationship when a family member is getting older and requiring more care and attention.
I will help you to understand the patterns that are affecting you, to construct strategies that preserve closeness and connection as well as to maintain boundaries that support the integrity of yourself and your relationship.