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(p. 205) Troubleshooting—Dealing with Difficulties in Working with Your Partner 

(p. 205) Troubleshooting—Dealing with Difficulties in Working with Your Partner
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(p. 205) Troubleshooting—Dealing with Difficulties in Working with Your Partner
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Eli R. Lebowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780190883522.003.0013
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date: 25 January 2021

This chapter suggests some solutions for when the parents do not agree with each other or have difficulty working cooperatively together. If the parents are having a hard time talking about the child’s anxiety, they can try to set aside a time to talk about the issue when neither of them is under pressure nor feeling frustrated and upset. Talking about the problem may raise some negative feelings, but the parents have a better chance of having a productive conversation if they start out feeling calm. The parents should also try to stay away from unhelpful blaming and shaming; even self-blame can make it harder for parents to work together productively. It is best to keep the conversations about how to help the anxious child focused on the issue of the anxiety. If the parents can put other things aside and just focus on the one issue, it may be easier to come up with a plan for that one specific thing. The chapter also offers some additional tools and strategies for improving cooperation between parents. Ultimately, the parents should respect each other’s opinions and decisions.

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