For the last 20 years, Dr. Sophy has treated both infamous young celebrities adrift in Beverly Hills and neglected foster children lost in the Los Angeles county child welfare system. His specialty is fostering communication between children and their parents or caretakers using something he calls the Chair Strategy. Now, with his first book, he is bringing that system to the general public with a book aimed specifically at the most precarious family dynamic of all-that between mothers and daughters. Too many parents don't realise how their own unbalanced lives filter into their communication with their children. Before any mum can improve her relationship with her daughter, she must learn to check in with herself, and make sure she is keeping balance in five key areas of life. Dr. Sophy refers to these as SWEEP - sleep, work, eating, expression of self, and play. Maintaining a balanced SWEEP is the foundation to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship and all parent-child relationships. Only after you are balanced and secure can you offer balance and security to your child. Dr. Sophy then introduces the Chair Strategy.
Designed to get mums and daughters to go from literally being at odds, or sitting back to back, to looking at life and events in the same direction, or side by side, the ultimate goal of the Chair Strategy is to get mum and daughter face to face, moving forward together with shared goals and open, loving communication. Through a series of communication exercises, guided conversations, journaling and other suggestions, mum and daughter work both separately and together to explore their relationship, and uncover areas of common ground that allow them to finally see face to face. This book takes the mother-daughter relationship, regardless of where it falls on the spectrum of 'healthy' and guides it toward a new level of understanding and love.