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It's Either Her or Me

THERE'S NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT--YOU'RE NOT LOSING A SON AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GAINING A RIVAL. For a mother who's accustomed to having been number one in her son's life, the arrival of a girlfriend, fiancee, or wife can be a complicated, confusing, and emotionally challenging event. Likewise, coexisting harmoniously with the mother of her partner can be an overwhelming challenge for any woman. Sons, often caught in the middle, are sometimes understandably reluctant to take sides. In It's Either Her or Me, relationship expert Ellie Slott Fisher examines the complex dynamics of these potentially fraught relationships and how they can be made rich in rewards for all parties. As a wife and the mother of a grown son, Fisher has been on both ends of the spectrum. She recounts her own experiences and those of the mothers, sons, girlfriends, fiancees, wives, and even sisters she interviewed. With the help of psychologist Dr. Beatrice Lazaroff and licensed professional counselor Esther Ganz, Fisher offers practical solutions to help women on both sides cope--and thrive--in this most sensitive of relationships. Discover how to - gauge when it's time to voice an opinion--and when it's best to bite your tongue- reach out to the woman in your son's life without being overbearing - handle the partner or mother-in-law who's truly impossible- show respect to your partner's mother- ensure that your partner's mother respects your boundaries- deal with jealous sisters and other difficult family members- and much more Also including welcome advice on what he can discuss with either woman, It's Either Her or Me is an invaluable resource for women and the men they love.
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About the Author

Ellie Slott Fisher is the author of the critically acclaimed Mom, There's a Man in the Kitchen and He's Wearing Your Robe. A veteran journalist, Fisher has written for numerous magazines as well as the anthology Single Woman of a Certain Age. A dating mom herself, she lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and has two children.


"Ellie Slott Fisher tackles the trickiest of all family relationships with wisdom, wit, and laughter. It's Either Her or Me: A Guide to Help a Mom and Her Daughter-in-Law Get Along offers the practical step-by-step advice both women need to tackle the challenges each must face to forge respectful and affectionate family ties. This book is a must read for mothers with sons of any age, wives/girlfriends, sisters, and the men themselves. --Leah Klungness, Ph.D., psychologist, co-author of The Complete Single Mother and co-founder of "This book deals with a topic that is generally given very little attention and yet has enormous significance for the relationships between families and the way people interact. Ellie Fisher has drawn from a wide experience to deal with countless issues and countless contacts. This should be most enjoyable and insightful reading to all of us who deal with the challenges of making life work - particularly when it involves the developing of new and yet quickly important relationships." --Herbert Pardes, M.D., CEO, New York-Presbyterian Hospital "An engaging, insightful and psychologically astute take on the triangle between the woman who raised him and the woman who bed and wed him."--Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart and Secrets of a Fix-Up Fanatic

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