6 Hidden Behaviors That Destroy Families

By Magdalena Battles

Families are complicated. There is no such thing as a perfect family…or an easy family. We all make mistakes that hurt or disappoint our family members, and we’ve all been hurt or disappointed by those we love. Within our human makeup is a deep and basic need for healthy family relationships. Family was designed to provide us with love, a feeling of belonging, a shared history, traditions, comfort, affection, quality time, feedback, learning, and a safety net. When our family fails to provide for these needs, we feel a deep sense of loss. 6 Hidden Behaviors That Destroy Families by Dr. Magdalena Battles addresses the top conflicts in extended families that cause relationships to become strained, disjointed, or broken. Dr. Battles provides practical tips and solutions based on research, biblical principles, and her own observations of what has worked in families. The healing in your family can begin with you. To have a family that is loving and supportive, you need to be part of the solutions and healing. You just have to take those first steps! It is a process, but the result will be happier lives and more fulfilling relationships.

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Strategies for Healthier and More Loving Relationships

Discover causes and practical solutions for these top conflicts in extended families: criticism, gossip, lack of inclusion, deception, refusing to accept differences, and a failure to apologize and forgive.

One of my favorite features of this book is that it doesn’t leave you a victim but instead equips you with practical tools to be the change agent in your life and in your family.

Stephanie Kelsey

Groups pastor, Gateway Church, Southlake, TX

Through the real-life situations, biblical truth, and researched solutions [Dr. Magdalena Battles] presents, you will learn how to have a family that functions in the way God intended it to—with peace and joy.

Rachael Gilbert

marriage and family therapist Host, Real Talk with Rachael podcast

Dr. Magdalena Battles’s new book, 6 Hidden Behaviors That Destroy Families, is an important work, offering practical solutions and biblically based teaching to foster a pleasant and supportive family environment. An expert in child development and a doctor of psychology, Dr. Battles knows her stuff.

Paula Scott

author, Farming Grace: A Memoir of Life, Love, and a Harvest of Faith

Both personally and professionally, I’ve had great success using the advice on mending and building relationships that Dr. Magdalena Battles gives in this book. Thank you, Dr. Battles, for helping us all by providing this resource in a format that is so easy to understand and apply.

Molly Lee

founder, Glory Gals

Magdalena Battles

Dr. Magdalena Battles is a writer and conference speaker whose specialties include parenting, child development, family relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She shares her real-life experiences and professional insights on her website, LivingJoyDaily.com, and on Lifehack.org, where she was named one of their top writers. She is also the author of Let Them Play: The Importance of Play and 100 Child Development Activities (September 2019). Dr. Battles earned a bachelor’s degree in child psychology and a master’s degree in professional counseling, both from Liberty University, and a doctorate in Clinical and Academic Psychology from Walden University. She has also completed post-graduate studies on “Technologies in Education” at Harvard University. While she may seem all business, in her spare time, she enjoys camping with her family, visiting national parks, reading nonfiction, decorating, organizing, shopping, spending time with extended family, and incubating/raising Silkie chickens. She is also an active volunteer in her community and church. Dr. Battles and her husband, Justin, reside in Texas, where they are raising their daughter, Brielle, twin boys, Alex and Charlie, a dog named Max, and a Silkie chicken named Marshmallow.

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