The Reconnection Club Turns 5
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
1M ago
Five years ago today, on March 1st, 2019, the Reconnection Club opened its doors to parents suffering from unwanted estrangement by adult children. Our vision was an online school to help parents understand and address causes of estrangement, so families could come back together and be better than before. We had no idea what a wise and vibrant community would evolve within our membership! Today we have about 400 active members, all of whom are parents or stepparents of estranged adult children. In addition to a library full of resources and regular live events, we also have a very active discu ..read more
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Another Reason NOT to Send Gifts to an Estranged Adult Child
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
6M ago
When you send your estranged adult child a gift, it might not be obvious that this could put her or him in a difficult position… If your child wants to be polite, they have to thank you for the gift. That means contacting you, which they don’t want to do right now. But if they don’t thank you for the gift, then they have to live with being rude for not doing so. (You did teach them to say “Thank you” for gifts, right?) Do you notice the position they’re in? Your child must now choose between unwanted contact, and being rude. This dilemma may be the reason why some estranged adult children are ..read more
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Agenda for Learning Circle on Self-Care
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
7M ago
Learning Circle on Self-Care Friday 9/8/23 or Sunday 9/10/23 Click here for the time in your time zone Objectives: Clarify what self care looks like for you Start or solidify your practice to prepare for the holidays Guidelines: – Be prepared to take notes – Stay muted unless you’re talking – Share the “air time” / mostly listen – Protect/respect privacy (yours and others’) Agenda (1 hour) 1. Introductions (brief) – First name or RC username – What does “self care” mean to you? Or,  – Why are you here today? 2. Brainstorm: Self-care practices 3. Discussion 4. Wrap-up / Take-aways   ..read more
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Coming Fall ’23: Moving Beyond Family Struggles
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
8M ago
Moving Beyond Family Struggles 2023 Some parents of estranged adult children (especially Reconnection Club members) want to keep learning and being inspired to grow, even during an unwanted estrangement. If that’s you, then my friend and colleague Yasmin Kerkez of Family Support Resources has something special to offer you this fall. Yasmin’s 2023 Moving Beyond Family Struggles Summit  will be held online October 12-15th, 2023.  Mark you calendar now, because the entire Summit is free to watch during that time. From what we’ve seen in the past, you might want to clear your schedule ..read more
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New Podcast Interview on Parent-Adult Child Estrangement
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
8M ago
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mary Foley on her podcast, Live Like Your Nail Color. Our interview was part of Mary’s series, “Women’s Essential Relationships.” The episodes aren’t numbered but you can find both parts of our discussion at these links: Part 1 (May 12, 2023) Part 2 (May 19, 2023) (Be sure to bookmark those — or save the link to this page —  if you don’t have time to listen today.) Mary has a fun, casual style but beneath the chatty demeanor is a very astute interviewer. She asks all the right questions and homes in on the most useful, practical advice for pare ..read more
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2022 MBFS Summit Interview with Tina Gilbertson
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
1y ago
The Moving Beyond Family Struggles Summit, hosted by Family Support Resources (FSR), this year featured 26 experts in the field of family estrangement, communication, relationships and personal growth. The entire 2022 Moving Beyond Family Struggles Summit, including all videos and other materials, is available for purchase through FSR.  However, FSR has generously provided the Reconnection Club with the opportunity to share the video of Tina Gilbertson’s interview below. If you appreciate this interview and the work of FSR, consider purchasing lifetime access to the Summit, and join the ..read more
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Bookmark These Summit Links for Each Day
Reconnection Club Blog
by Tina Gilbertson
1y ago
Hey everyone, Yasmin Kerkez sent me the access links for each of the four days of the Moving Beyond Family Struggles Summit 2022, and invited me to share them with you. Two things: You must be registered (use the link above or click the pic), and Each day opens at 9am US Pacific Time / 12 noon US Eastern. You won’t be able to watch anything before then. If you’re interested in the Summit, be sure to bookmark this page, because here are your links for each day… Click here on Wednesday, March 2 Click here on Thursday, March 3 Click here on Friday, March 4 Click here on Saturday, March 5 Rememb ..read more
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