A tale of two sisters
I'm almost finished reading the book and have been totally engrossed. I have two daughters, 20 and 7. We are a blended family. My oldest does well academically but struggles socially. My youngest is social but has cognitive delays and receives OT, PT and speech. There is quite a bit of tension when my oldest returns home from school. She is constantly in competition with her sibling and at odds with her step-father. In the chapter on crime, the author mentions how the loss of a parent, particularly the father had strong repercussions. I see that with my oldest who did not grow up knowing her father. Her anger, I believe, is related to how she feels a father should act. How he is one way with his biological child and another with her. However, she does not realize that much of the situation coincided with her behavior. I know blended families are not considered horizontal identities. However, given that both girls have related issues discussed in the book that are similar, I wonder if anyone has a similar situation.