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Lesson 4 Community Support Systems 295 You can often help family members feel better by simply listening to what they have to say. conflict resolution To review the steps of conflict resolution, see Chapter 10, page 264. health.glencoe.com
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My parents don’t say they love me. I know they do, but I want to hear it. Can this change? — Mara, 12, Birmingham, Michigan Melt their ice by warming up yourself. Give your parents hugs, tell them you love them, leave them sweet notes. If they don’t pick up on the shift in your behavior, ask them outright for more verbal reassurance, and be specific about what you want to hear. My brother and I rarely talk about any- thing deep. How can we get closer? — Alex, 16, Martinez, California What’s on your mind now? Go ask for your brother’s opinion about it. You may be surprised by how flattered he is. Also, ask deeper ques- tions: How is he feeling about leaving for col- lege? About his relationships? It just takes one brave soul to break the silence. My sister bad-mouths me to our father. How can I get her to talk to me and not about me? — Esteban, 15, Wichita, Kansas This calls for a face-to-face talk with your sister, because that’s the courtesy you’re hoping she’ll start paying you. Tell her you’d prefer she handle It’s All Relative Got questions about family relationships? Here are a few answers. It’s All Relative Got questions about family relationships? Here are a few answers. H E A L T H C U L T U R E & C O M M U N I T Y 296 Chapter 11 Family Relationships her gripes directly with you, and promise you’ll do the same. As insurance, give your dad a heads-up about your plan. That way, your sister can’t misrepresent it to him afterward. How can I help my mom stop worrying about me whenever I go out? — Liane, 17, Greenville, Texas The more specific information you can give her about where you’re going (and when, and with whom, and at what time), the less she’ll worry. Write up a mini-itinerary before you head out, complete with destinations and phone numbers for where you’ll be. That way she’ll know you’re being responsible, which makes it easier for her to relax. Feel like really easing her mind? Offer to call to check in at a prearranged time. About Family Relationships Take a moment to think about a relative or family friend you admire. Brainstorm a list of words that describe that person. Write a poem about the person you admire using the words from your list. HS_HEALTH_U04_C11_CR 12/8/03 4:42 PM Page 296
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297 Chapter 11 Review health.glencoe.com Family Therapist Depression, marital problems, and parent- child conflicts can strain family relationships. A family therapist can help families find ways to work out their problems and communicate more openly and honestly. To become a family therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree in couples and family therapy. Learn more about this and other health careers by clicking on Career Corner at health.glencoe.com.
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