Parents of Grown Offspring (POGO) offers constructive, supportive strategies for family issues.

 Barbara Greenleaf

Barbara Greenleaf

Dear Friend,   

     I recently came across a lovely article in Hadassah magazine written by Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, who says “Our challenge is to learn to accept one another. Our opportunity is to grow together.”  Drawing from the Torah, her own experience as a spiritual counselor, and her book, Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older, Rabbi Friedman quietly and optimistically shows us a way forward in Parent & Adult Child: A Rabbi’s Perspective
     With remarriage comes a lot of negotiating, which can leave both the first and second families feeling put out, pressured, and compromised. In Everything’s More Complicated in Blended Families, a milestone birthday leaves one patriarch feeling less like a pasha and more like a pushover. See how our panel would handle his thorny dilemma in this issue’s puzzler. 
     Finally, I include my movie review of the 2002 blockbuster hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. A lot of fun for a hot summer night, this film will have you, your husband, and your grown children laughing out loud at the culture clash between the WASP world and the ethnic one. The real scene stealer is the heroine’s father, who feels anything can be corrected with Windex and declares, “There are only two kinds of people in this world: Greeks and everybody who wishes they were Greek.”

Stay as cool as you can!

In case you missed it . . .

Psychotherapist Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, tells us how to cope when our kids don’t call back, a frustrating and not-infrequent occurrence. Let’s just say her advice includes the Serenity Prayer. Check out both our articles on this topic in Hello, Anybody Out There? Part 1 and Hello, Anybody Out There, Part 2.

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