FamilyLife Blended® Minute
Is My Son Being Manipulative?
Ron, we get married in a couple of months...and now my son gets angry?
About the Guest
Six years after Vali's first husband died, she met a man and fell in love. Her son seemed fine with the idea...until he wasn't. Vali wanted to know if his anger was manipulation. My reply? Maybe. It's common for major family transitions like a wedding to resurrect grief in kids so this mom should at least slow down, listen to her son and moved toward him emotionally. He needs reassurance. But is he manipulative? If he has a history than maybe. Either way, he needs a little TLC.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Ron, we get married in a couple of months…and now my son gets angry?