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Introduction to Family Bonds

BY ARLENE F. HARDER, MA, MFT

Explore how myth, rules and rituals are at the heart of all families.

These articles use my family of origin as an example of how we experience rituals, rules and myths in our families and how that dynamic influences us for many years, maybe many generations in the future.

The following quotations express the realization that imprinting of early family experiences has a long and powerful effect on a child — and the idea that people have the power to change themselves.

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"It is very difficult and expensive to undo after you are married the things that your mother and father did to you while you were putting your first six birthdays behind you."
— Bureau of Social Hygiene Study, 1928
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"Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward."
— St. Francis Xavier
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"Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time."
— Rabbinical Saying

To find out what may be holding your family together, check out the articles in the navigation bar on the left.

© 2012 Arlene F Harder, MA, MFT

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