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From Son to Stranger

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | English Non-fiction

From Son to Stranger

One of the bravest books that I have read - it holds up a mirror to our own hypocrisy, our relationships and our selfish existences. If you think you don’t need to read the book - then you are in denial... you do! Close to the bone and with a killer punch the book holds up a mirror to us. What you will see you may not like - but you will realise that it’s the truth! —Anirban Bhattacharyya Television producer, author, stand-up comedian, and a movie actor What happens when adult children move on, leaving aging parents behind? Ritu Lalit combines wit, wisdom, compassion and reality to reveal the challenges of learning to accept the situation and thrive in this new paradigm. A must read. —Dr. Maitri Chand, PhD Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Assistant professor Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA, USA This is an amazing book! It offers real advice on how to navigate both the practical and emotional issues that come up for aging parents when their children move away. It offers hope. —Diana Mansfield Author of Raising Your Aging Parents

Full Title: From Son to Stranger: Coping with loneliness

Author: Ritu Lalit
Publisher: Vishwakarma Publications

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

FROM SON TO STRANGER is for parents who are estranged from their children for whatever reason and there is little or no hope for reconciliation.
Parents often think after their children are grown; they are "entitled" to a relationship with them. There is no such entitlement. After estrangement parents are left with guilt, pain and the realization that if there is reconciliation, there will be boundaries and it will be difficult to trust.
This book offers simple tools to accept, heal and work with the pain and set new personal goals for the parent dealing with estrangement.

About the Author: 

Ritu Lalit has written five fiction books. The most well-known of her fiction books Wrong for the Right Reasons deals with the realistic theme of the life of a single mother raising her kids in today’s India. For her first non-fiction she has again picked up a burning topic, of aged parents coping with being rejected by their adult children. A graduate with gold medal in English Literature and a postgraduate in English Literature from Delhi University she is a prolific writer whose short stories have been featured in the NCERT curriculum and in anthologies. She has also won many blogging awards. She can be found at these links
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To parents out there who are reading my book, my confession, I gently plead that please withhold the money. Give them a
shoulder to cry on, be an emotional support, not financial. That way, boundaries are established. Your children need to know the
difference between your money and theirs. Give them advise but do not jump in to fix their problems. They need to face life on their own. Most importantly, do not make excuses for them. Do not condone their bad behaviour.
In short, do not be an enabler. Let them grow up. If they react poorly and still sever all ties with you, respect that.
If you do all that, you will be out of their lives with your self-respect intact.

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