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Todd and Lisa both felt Hannah ruled their household and their marriage. After seeing themselves on tape, the family decided to turn their situation around. "I woke up," Lisa says.

Todd now makes an effort to control his anger and frustration. "I try to walk out of the room if there's problems, instead of allowing something to blow up. And most importantly, not sweating the small stuff," Todd says.

Lisa and Todd are also parenting together. "Nothing happens overnight, but we've made a lot of strides to make things positive in our family home," Todd says.

Perhaps the biggest stride is Lisa learning to be Hannah's mother, not her friend.

"How do you feel about that?" Lisa asks Hannah.

"I hate it," Hannah says.

"But you know what? That makes me feel really good," Lisa says.
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FROM: Moms Who Can't Say No
Published on October 06, 2006

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