Family Structure Change Metaphors

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

—Theodore M. Hesburgh

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.

—Ogden Nash

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.

—Francis Bacon

A therapeutic reorganization of family structure is a complex process and not one that is likely to be accomplished merely by means of telling complex metaphors. However, as part of the process, and especially after a variety of related resources have been stimulated and experienced by the family members, a family structure change metaphor yields gentle, indirect guidance ...

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