List books in category Parenting & Families / Family Relationships

  • Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need

    Love and Respect in the Family: The Respect Parents Desire; The Love Children Need
    Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    Children need love. Parents need respect. It is as simple and complex as that!When frustrated with an unresponsive child, a parent doesn’t declare, “You don’t love me.” Instead the parent asserts, “You are being disrespectful right now.” A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts. When upset a child does not whine, “You don’t respect me.” Instead, a child pouts, “You don’t love me.” A child needs to feel loved, especially during disputes. But here’s the rub: An unloved child (or teen) negatively reacts in a way that feels disrespectful to a parent. A disrespected parent negatively reacts in a way that feels unloving to the child. This dynamic gives birth to the FAMILY CRAZY CYCLE. So how is one to break out of this cycle? Best-selling author Emerson Eggerichs has studied the family dynamic for more than 30 years, having his Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology. As a senior pastor for nearly two decades, Eggerichs builds on a foundation of strong biblical principles, walking the reader through an entirely new way to approach the family dynamic. For instance, God reveals ways to defuse the craziness with our children from preschooler to teen, plus how to motivate them to obey and how to deal with them when they don’t. In the Bible, God has spoken specifically to parents on how to parent. This book is about that revelation.

  • The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families

    The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families
    Barbara Ann Mitchell

    * The Boomerang Age was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2007 by Choice Magazine. Domestic changes are taking place in the lives of young adults in Western industrialized societies. Today's young people often experience less permanency and more movement in a variety of family-related roles, statuses, and living arrangements. Among the most prominent changes is the phenomenon of "boomerang kids," young adults returning to the parental home after their initial entrance into the adult world. The Boomerang Age, explores the implications of this development in a changing sociocultural, economic, and demographic landscape. Mitchell begins by addressing definitional, conceptual, and measurement issues relevant to the "boomerang age." She then places the issues in historical perspective by considering trends in family organization–the nuclear family, marriage and divorce rates and fertility–over the past hundred years with emphasis on the 1950s family as a cultural benchmark. The book then turns to the contemporary trajectory of home leaving and returning, analyzing the "launch" and return phases with regard to economic factors, regional differences, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Mitchell then explores the more personal dimensions of how a return to the family is complicated by partnership (marriage, divorce, cohabitation, homosexuality) and parenthood among young couples. Moving outside the home, she looks at how public issues such as globalization, the decline of the welfare state, and various forms of social inequality affect the circumstances of young adulthood. Here Mitchell offers specific social policy recommendations pertaining to education, housing and dependency issues, childcare, and gender and racial equality. The book concludes by critically evaluating the advantages and drawbacks of two possible future scenarios: increased individualization in the pursuit of social goals, or a more or less permanent return to the traditional, extended family.

  • When Man Puts Asunder: Biblically Balanced View of Divorce and Remarriage

    When Man Puts Asunder: Biblically Balanced View of Divorce and Remarriage
    Patrick Gerwitz

    When Man Puts Asunder was written to answer many questions which today's believer has regarding divorce and remarriage. The author avoids siting other works and relies almost exclusively on the Word of God. This work biblically defines divorce and seeks to answer the pressing question of whether the Word of God permits remarriage after divorce as well as the pastor and churches obligation towards this issue.

  • 97 Pictures of Kids on My Wall

    97 Pictures of Kids on My Wall
    Nancy Digirolamo

    A WIDOW'S INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY INTO FOSTER CARE This is a true account of one woman's twelve years as a foster mother to ninety seven foster children. It chronicles the experiences of an emergency foster home, the different foster children and the reasons they came into care. Some of the accounts are tragic, some are uplifting and some are funny, but all of them are heartwarming and memorable. Some children spent only one night, some remained for months and some never left.

  • Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

    Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy
    Stephanie Nielson

    Go on an unforgettable journey, with a woman who has unimaginable strength.Stephanie Nielson began sharing her life in 2005 on nieniedialogues.com, drawing readers in with her warmth and candor. She quickly attracted a loyal following that was captivated by the upbeat mother happily raising her young children, madly in love with her husband, Christian (Mr. Nielson to her readers), and filled with gratitude for her blessed life. However, everything changed in an instant on a sunny day in August 2008, when Stephanie and Christian were in a horrific plane crash. Christian was burned over 40 percent of his body, and Stephanie was on the brink of death, with burns over 80 percent of her body. She would remain in a coma for four months.In the aftermath of this harrowing tragedy, Stephanie maintained a stunning sense of humor, optimism, and resilience. She has since shared this strength of spirit with others through her blog, in magazine features, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, in this moving memoir, Stephanie tells the full, extraordinary story of her unlikely recovery and the incredible love behind it–from a riveting account of the crash to all that followed in its wake. With vivid detail, Stephanie recounts her emotional and physical journey, from her first painful days after awakening from the coma to the first time she saw her face in the mirror, the first kiss she shared with Christian after the accident, and the first time she talked to her children after their long separation. She also reflects back on life before the accident, to her happy childhood as one of nine siblings, her close-knit community and strong Mormon faith, and her fairy-tale love story, all of which became her foundation of strength as she rebuilt her life. What emerges from the wreckage of a tragic accident is a unique perspective on joy, beauty, and overcoming adversity that is as gripping as it is inspirational. Heaven Is Here is a poignant reminder of how faith and family, love and community can bolster us, sustain us, and quite literally, in some cases, save us.

  • Cast Down But Not Forsaken

    Cast Down But Not Forsaken
    Evangelist Sarann Cato

    "Spiritual warfare." There are hundreds of books written on this subject. Books that reveal all the correct "warfare" scriptures and the Theologies that men teach trying to explain those scriptures. However, unless you have physically and mentally experienced battle and lived to tell of it, you will never really understand the deception of our Enemy Satan. To say, "There is a Devil." Is a truth that all of us can affirm. Then again, to give testimony that, "I have looked into the eyes of Satan, felt his hands around my throat and was delivered as Daniel from the mouth of the Lions," Takes on a very different view of the subject.

  • The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself

    The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself
    Linda Abbit

    Linda Abbit, founder of Tender Loving Eldercare and a veteran of the caregiving industry, shares her advice on taking care of an older parent or loved one and how to handle everything that goes along with this dramatic life change.Being a caregiver can be a difficult role. It requires patience, tenderness, selflessness, and hard work. Providing care for someone, whether it’s a parent, a loved one, or as a professional requires a high level of self-love and self-care. But while it may be a rewarding experience to care for a loved one, the emotional and physical stress of caregiving can lead to burnout and exhaustion—causing caregivers to put themselves and their own well-being in the background. How can you fulfill your role as a caregiver without losing yourself? Conscious Caregiver teaches you how to navigate caring for your loved one, whether it’s full-time in-house caregiving or hiring support from outside services. With information on how to talk to your loved ones about the situation, handle the emotional stress, stay financially secure, and take the time to care for yourself, this guide can help you care for your loved one and yourself at the same time.

  • The Twelve Sacred Traditions Of Magnificent Mothers-in-Law

    The Twelve Sacred Traditions Of Magnificent Mothers-in-Law
    Haywood Smith

    A very Southern mother-in-law's humorous advice to mothers-in-law everywhere. From the multiple New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hat Club. Bestselling author Haywood Smith and her pals have lots of personal experience in the joys, sorrows, pitfalls and flat-out hysteria of Mother-in-Lawness. Now Smith offers a handy and fun booklet of pithy advice to mothers-in-law everywhere. Smiths sassy observations and gentle wisdom are delivered with her trademark southern charm, packing the sweet, heady punch of bourbon ice cubes melting in a mint julep. The Twelve Sacred Traditions of Magnificent Mothers-in-Law is the perfect gift book for showers, engagement parties, family celebrations or just to share with that special DIL (Daughter-in-Law) or SIL (Son-in-Law). It can even safely be given to a Mother-in-Law

  • Setting Boundaries® with Your Aging Parents: Finding Balance Between Burnout and Respect

    Setting Boundaries® with Your Aging Parents: Finding Balance Between Burnout and Respect
    Allison Bottke

    This important book from the author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children (more than 40,000 sold) will help adult children who long for a better relationship with their parents but feel trapped in a never-ending cycle of chaos, crisis, or drama. With keen insight and a passion to empower adult children, Allison charts a trustworthy roadmap through the often unfamiliar territory of setting boundaries with parents while maintaining personal balance and avoiding burnout. Through the use of professional advice, true stories, and scriptural truth, readers learn how to apply the "6 Steps to SANITY" S-STOP your own negative behaviorA-ASSEMBLE a support groupN-NIP excuses in the budI-IMPLEMENT rules and boundariesT-TRUST your instinctsY-YIELD everything to God Resources are available at the ministry website: www.settingboundaries.com

  • Daughter of Hawi Hawaii

    Daughter of Hawi Hawaii
    Gerane DaSilva Mangin

    Born Gerane Dell DaSilva to Antone DaSilva and Therese K. DaSilva, I was known in that small town as Teddy DaSilva in the town of Hawi, Hawaii. I finished my education in Hawaii and the mainland. I am a widow with 3 children. I am presently residing in South Carolina.

  • Boy, Lost

    Boy, Lost
    Kristina Olsson

    A powerful family memoir from the award-winning author of The China Garden Kristina OlssonOCOs mother lost her infant son, Peter, when he was snatched from her arms as she boarded a train in the hot summer of 1950. She was young and frightened, trying to escape a brutal marriage, but despite the violence and cruelty sheOCOd endured, she was not prepared for this final blow, this breathtaking punishment. Yvonne would not see her son again for nearly 40 years. Kristina was the first child of her motherOCOs subsequent, much gentler marriage and, like her siblings, grew up unaware of the reasons behind her motherOCOs sorrow, though PeterOCOs absence resounded through the family, marking each one. Yvonne dreamt of her son by day and by night, while Peter grew up a thousand miles and a lifetime away, dreaming of his missing mother. Boy, Lost tells how their lives proceeded from that shattering moment, the grief and shame that stalked them, what they lost and what they salvaged. But it is also the story of a family, the cascade of grief and guilt through generations, and the endurance of memory and faith."

  • The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole

    The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption: Helping Your Child Grow Up Whole
    Lori Holden

    Prior to 1990, fewer than five percent of domestic infant adoptions were open. In 2012, ninety percent or more of adoption agencies are recommending open adoption. Yet these agencies do not often or adequately prepare either adopting parents or birth parents for the road ahead of them! The adult parties in open adoptions are left floundering.There are many resources on why to do open adoption, but what about how? Open adoption isn't just something parents do when they exchange photos, send emails, share a visit. It's a lifestyle that may feel intrusive at times, be difficult or inconvenient at other times. Tensions can arise even in the best of circumstances. But knowing how to handle these situations and how to continue to make arrangements work for the child involved is paramount. This book offers readers the tools and the insight to do just that. It covers common open-adoption situations and how real families have navigated typical issues successfully. Like all useful parenting books, it provides parents with the tools to come to answers on their own, and answers questions that might not yet have come up.Through their own stories and those of other families of open adoption, Lori and Crystal review the secrets to success, the pitfalls and challenges, the joys and triumphs. By putting the adopted child at the center, families can come to enjoy the benefits of open adoption and mitigate the challenges that may arise. More than a how-to, this book shares a mindset, a heartset, that can be learned and internalized, so parents can choose to act out of love and honesty throughout their child’s growing up years, helping that child to grow up whole.

  • Living with Schizophrenia: A Family Guide to Making a Difference

    Living with Schizophrenia: A Family Guide to Making a Difference
    Jeffrey Rado

    An estimated 51 million people worldwide have schizophrenia, 2.2 million of them in the United States. While early diagnosis and appropriate treatment improve the long-term prognosis, schizophrenia is a disease that is difficult to manage. In Living with Schizophrenia, Drs. Jeffrey Rado and Philip G. Janicak, specialists in treating people who have schizophrenia, offer an easy-to-read primer for people with the disorder, along with their families and other caregivers. Drawing on their combined sixty years of clinical and research experience, Drs. Rado and Janicak· define schizophrenia and explain what is known about its causes· discuss the difference between negative symptoms (such as lack of emotion and social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders)· describe medication and psychosocial and behavioral treatments—and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for better long-term outcomes· explain what people with schizophrenia and their families can do to help keep the person well· explore how schizophrenia affects the entire family· detail medical conditions that people with schizophrenia are more likely than other people to have—including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes · offer key takeaway points for every topicDesigned for the lay reader and based on the most recent medical literature, Living with Schizophrenia offers information and understanding to help people coping with this often misunderstood disorder to best achieve recovery and healing.

  • The Jumper

    The Jumper
    Tim Parrish

    The Jumper is an old-fashioned, modern novel both dark and funny. Its central character, Jimmy Strawhorn, grows up on a ranch in West Texas thinking he’s an orphan but is summoned to Baton Rouge, where he discovers his past is stranger than he can imagine. Jimmy tries to navigate his urge to jump from high places, his fear of falling in love, and a complex family history full of deceit and racial ambiguity. At the same time, two other eccentric main characters, named Sandra and J. T., deal with dangerous pasts and presents of their own as Jimmy’s arrival alters their lives.Winner of the 2012 George Garrett Prize for Fiction

  • Some Day You ll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Being a Perfect Mother

    Some Day You’ll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Being a “Perfect” Mother
    Gayden Metcalfe

    A hilarious guide to that incomparable creature–the Southern mother. Southern society is arranged along matriarchal lines, since the Southern matriarch is a far more formidable being than the much nicer Southern male. She has to be this way; she was put on earth with a sacred mission: to drum good manners and the proper religion–ancestor worship–into the next generation. In Some Day You'll Thank Me for This, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, bestselling authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse and Somebody's Going to Die If Lily Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet, deliver up a hilarious treatise–complete with appropriate recipes from those finicky, demanding moms–on the joys, trials, and tribulations of being the daughter of a Southern mother. Including sections such as A Crown in Heaven (a Southern mother's favorite fashion accessory), Grande Dames, Toasting the Southern Mother, and why grandmothers prefer their "precious angel baby" grandchildren to their own "bad" children, this is the perfect gift for any Southern mother–or daughter of one.

  • Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family

    Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family
    Art Smith

    From Art Smith comes a unique cookbook with more than 150 recipes to strengthen bonds between loved ones.Throughout history, humans have sat down together at the table to break bread. The simple ritual of the shared meal reunites us with our families and brings balance to our lives. There are many types of families–in using the word family, Art means to include anyone whom we have sought or chosen to be an important part of our lives. Unfortunately, in today's fast-paced world, the symbolic role of the table has been threatened. In many households, family members all eat separately, according to their own schedules, on the run, or in front of the TV. With this important cookbook, Art Smith wants to bring us back to the table–and back to each other.Art provides readers with mouth-watering recipes that represent the very best of home cooking, including Roasted Tomato and Cheddar Cornbread, to-die-for Sweet Potato-Pecan Waffles, hearty Seafood Gumbo, Grilled Shrimp on Arugula with Lemon Vinaigrette, and Spiced Pork Loin with Vidalia Onion Sauce, to name just a few. There is also a rich assortment of vegetable main courses–like Art's fabulous Italian Vegetable Casserole. Traditional dishes include the best-ever Buttermilk Fried Chicken and a Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy that's not just for Thanksgiving!And then there are the celebration cakes, perfect pies, and little sweets. From French Chocolate Almond Pie to Pear and Cranberry Cobbler, from Coconut Cake with Fluffy Icing to Triple-Layer German Chocolate Cake, from Pecan Divinity to Gumdrop Cookies, Back to the Table is filled with delicious treats for any occasion.Art's life's work has involved cooking for families all over the world. These experiences have taught him that families are essentially the same, regardless of international boundaries or cultural differences. We all want the best for each other and want to take care of the ones we love. And what better way is there to care for our loved ones than at the table?Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs of food and of people sharing their tables and their lives, Back to the Table is a book to use daily and to treasure for a lifetime.

  • Don t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family: Simple Ways to Keep Daily Responsibilities and Household Chaos from Taking Over Your Life

    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family: Simple Ways to Keep Daily Responsibilities and Household Chaos from Taking Over Your Life
    Richard Carlson

    This indispensable guide to family in the #1 bestselling series reveals how to avoid letting the minor setbacks in your home life get you down. With his characteristic candor and piercing insight, author Richard Carlson demonstrates how to resolve such common domestic tensions as:Children who are whining or fightingIssues with your spouseHassles over household choresDifficult teenagers

  • When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Sons and Daughters

    When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Sons and Daughters
    Deborah M. Merrill, Clark University

    Marriage is an important transition in the life of any adult who marries. But often when a son or daughter gets married, their relationships with their natal families changes. It is often said that a 'daughter is a daughter all of her life, but a son is a son 'til he takes him a wife.' This book examines how marriage changes relationships between adult children and their parents and how this differs for sons versus daughters. Merrill considers the process by which men 'get pulled into' their wives' families and the ways in which men are sometimes more connected to their wives' families following marriage than to their own families. But what is it about a relationship with a son that changes when he marries? And why do daughters tend to stay closer? Why do mothers experience greater difficulty in negotiating relationships with married sons than with married daughters? Why do daughters tend to stay closer and maintain stronger ties to their natal families than sons do? This book answers these questions and offers advice for mothers on how to maintain strong ties with their children when they marry, negotiate relationships that may be fraught with new challenges, and accept changes when they happen. Sharing firsthand accounts from mothers, sons, and daughters, the author sheds new light on this neglected topic.

  • A Branch of a Tree: A McGee Family in History

    A Branch of a Tree: A McGee Family in History
    James McGee

    The author tracks his Scots-Irish roots from the Irish Sea kingdom of Dal Riata in the 500's to McGee's Town (Balmaghie), Scotland in the 900's and on to McGee's, Colorado in the 1880's. He writes of his ancestors as they immigrate to America, participate in the Westward Movement, fight in the Civil War, experience the gold rushes of Colorado, the Great Depression, World War II and more recent events. The impact of these events on one family and its descendents is the story of America. History sings to us from the pages of this book.

  • The Names of My Mothers

    The Names of My Mothers
    Dianne Sanders Riordan

    "The Names of My Mothers" is the touching story of the tender and all-too-brief relationship forged late in life between Dianne Riordan (nee Susanne Sanders) and her birth mother. In 1942 Elizabeth Bynam Sanders was a young woman who left home under false pretenses and travelled to Our Lady of Victory, a home for unwed mothers in upstate New York. Shortly after surrendering her daughter for adoption, she returned to her life in Johnston County, North Carolina. She never married and never had another child of her own.This powerful and moving memoir speaks of the profound need for connection. It is a story about identity, the hunger we feel for a sense of belonging and the ineffable significance of blood.

  • What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce

    What About the Kids?: Raising Your Children Before, During, and After Divorce
    Sandra Blakeslee

    The groundbreaking handbook that helps parents guide their children through divorce and co-parenting — including the introduction of step-parents — from a New York Times bestselling author and child psychologist.This is the definitive work from the renowned child psychologist Judith Wallerstein on a subject that concerns millions of American moms and dads: How can you protect your children during and after divorce? Divorce is not a single event but a lifelong trajectory of changed circumstances that demand a different kind of parenting than we have ever known. In What About the Kids? Wallerstein draws on thirty years of in-depth interviews with children of divorce and their parents to show how to create a new family with compassion and wisdom. It covers issues that arise at the time of divorce as well as suggestions for talking to your children months and years after the event.Eminent psychologist Judith S. Wallerstein shares her unique insight and advice in What About the Kids? — the first comprehensive guide to easing the impact of divorce on your children — including: The best and worst ages for children to experience their parents' divorce Right and wrong ways to explain divorce to your children Choosing a custody arrangement that's best for your child How to involve the grandparents — a major resource? Getting the children on your side when you form new relationships The positive effects of divorce on children (believe it or not) How divorce can actually make you a better parent Raising children who grow up able to form lasting relationships

  • Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse

    Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse
    Amy J.L. Baker, author of Surviving Parental Alienation: A Journey of Hope and Healing and Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse

    Tens of thousands of children are removed from home each year due to some form of child maltreatment, usually physical neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, although sometimes for emotional abuse as well. An additional significant number of children are victims of child maltreatment but remain in their home. Extensive research reveals the far reaching and long lasting negative impact of maltreatment on child victims, including on their physical, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. One particularly troubling and complicated aspect is how the child victim forms (and maintains) a “traumatic bond” with his abuser, even becoming protective and defensive of that person despite the pain and suffering they have caused. This book will provide the reader with the essential experience of understanding how children make meaning of being maltreated by a parent, and how these traumatic bonds form and last. Through an examination of published memoirs of abuse, the authors analyze and reveal the commonalities in the stories to uncover the ways in which adult victims of childhood abuse understand and digest the traumatic experiences of their childhoods. This understanding can inform interventions and treatments designed for this vulnerable population and can help family and friends of victims understand more fully the maltreatment experience “from the inside out.”

  • How Not To Kill: your spouse, kids, and coworkers

    How Not To Kill: your spouse, kids, and coworkers
    Nealy Brown; Sarah Tierney; Shannon Hunt

    "Out of all the relationship books I’ve read, this one's at the top of my list! The first book I would recommend to anyone. It's funny, inspiring, with incredibly powerful ideas." – Dr. Mike Nichols“The principles in this book have literally changed my life, and given me practical tools for every relationship. I am confident it can do the same for you, wherever you are on your journey." – Melissa Drobnak“This book gives hope to the hopeless relationship. Each chapter gets straight to the heart of relationship issues and provides the know how to make change happen.” – Chelsea WellsFilled with moments to make you laugh, stories to inspire you, and insights to find effective solutions, these pages contain tools for every relationship you face. Developed from decades of research and clinical experience, Dr. Nealy Brown has introduced thousands across the globe to these life changing truths. Learn how to navigate difficult situations, quickly end conflicts, and touch cold hearts, even in your most challenging relationships, through simple, practical methods. Discover true stories of people facing impossible bosses, shattered marriages, and distant kids, and the steps that lead to amazing relationships where you never before thought it was possible.Restore your marriage even after your spouse has walked out.Heal that relationship with your teenager who’s slipping away.Revive your work life in the job you dread to face each day.Strengthen your healthy relationships even further.

  • Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You

    Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You
    Sue William Silverman

    Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You destroys our complacency about who among us can commit unspeakable atrocities, who is subjected to them, and who can stop them. From age four to eighteen, Sue William Silverman was repeatedly sexually abused by her father, an influential government official and successful banker. Through her eyes, we see an outwardly normal family built on a foundation of horrifying secrets that long went unreported, undetected, and unconfessed.

  • Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships

    Rituals for Our Times: Celebrating, Healing, and Changing Our Lives and Our Relationships
    Evan Imber-Black

    All human cultures across time have created rituals, bringing family members together to celebrate, welcome, honor, or mourn. While contemporary rituals still exist to serve these important functions, we often perform them automatically, without considering their vital roles in our lives. Many individuals feel alienated from the rituals of their childhoods, while others are struggling to create satisfying new traditions that reflect their own present needs and circumstances. Authors Evan Imber-Black and Janine Roberts show how we can learn to tap the power of rituals to mark transitions, express important values, heal the past, and deepen relationships. Each chapter looks at the special issues and possibilities for nuclear, extended, single-parent, and remarried families, as well as for single adults and couples. The authors also pay particular attention to how changing gender roles are reflected in our rituals, and how revitalized traditions can actually alter the course of intimate relationships. Filled with first-person stories and practical examples, this book will help all readers enhance the meaning of traditions old and new, reinforcing and celebrating life's many milestones and ties.

  • Brothers and Sisters: Developmental, Dynamic, and Technical Aspects of the Sibling Relationship

    Brothers and Sisters: Developmental, Dynamic, and Technical Aspects of the Sibling Relationship
    Salman Akhtar

    Sibling relationships and rivalry are as old as recorded history. This analysis explores that ambivalence between siblings casts its shadow throughout people's lifetimes and affects their choices of mates, relationships with their own children, and aversions to others.

  • Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures

    Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures
    Alice H. Deakins

    Family stories of the ties between mothers and daughters form the foundation of Mothers and Daughters: Complicated Connections Across Cultures. Nationally and internationally known feminist scholars frame, analyze, and explore mother-daughter bonds in this collection of essays. Cultures from around the world are mined for insights which reveal historical, generational, ethnic, political, religious, and social class differences. This book focuses on the tenacity of the connection between mothers and daughters, impediments to a strong connection, and practices of good communication. Mothers and Daughters will interest those studying communication, women’s studies, psychology, sociology, anthropology, counseling, and cultural studies.

  • Nurturing Dads: Fatherhood Initiatives Beyond the Wallet

    Nurturing Dads: Fatherhood Initiatives Beyond the Wallet
    William Marsiglio

    American fathers are a highly diverse group, but the breadwinning, live-in, biological dad prevails as the fatherhood ideal. Consequently, policymakers continue to emphasize marriage and residency over initiatives that might help foster healthy father-child relationships and creative co-parenting regardless of marital or residential status. In Nurturing Dads, William Marsiglio and Kevin Roy explore the ways new initiatives can address the social, cultural, and economic challenges men face in contemporary families and foster more meaningful engagement between many different kinds of fathers and their children. What makes a good father? The firsthand accounts in Nurturing Dads show that the answer to this question varies widely and in ways that counter the mainstream "provide and reside" model of fatherhood. Marsiglio and Roy document the personal experiences of more than 300 men from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and diverse settings, including fathers-to-be, young adult fathers, middle-class dads, stepfathers, men with multiple children in separate families, and fathers in correctional facilities. They find that most dads express the desire to have strong, close relationships with their children and to develop the nurturing skills to maintain these bonds. But they also find that disadvantaged fathers, including young dads and those in constrained financial and personal circumstances, confront myriad structural obstacles, such as poverty, inadequate education, and poor job opportunities. Nurturing Dads asserts that society should help fathers become more committed and attentive caregivers and that federal and state agencies, work sites, grassroots advocacy groups, and the media all have roles to play. Recent efforts to introduce state-initiated paternity leave should be coupled with social programs that encourage fathers to develop unconditional commitments to children, to co-parent with mothers, to establish partnerships with their children's other caregivers, and to develop parenting skills and resources before becoming fathers via activities like volunteering and mentoring kids. Ultimately, Marsiglio and Roy argue, such combined strategies would not only change the policy landscape to promote engaged fathering but also change the cultural landscape to view nurturance as a fundamental aspect of good fathering. Care is a human experience—not just a woman's responsibility—and this core idea behind Nurturing Dads holds important implications for how society supports its families and defines manhood. The book promotes the progressive notion that fathers should provide more than financial support and, in the process, bring about a better start in life for their children. A Volume in the American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology

  • Family Relationships in the Second Half of Life: A Guide to Healing, Enriching & Enjoying Your Relationships

    Family Relationships in the Second Half of Life: A Guide to Healing, Enriching & Enjoying Your Relationships
    Next Avenue

    How can we improve and enrich our family relationships? Even people who are outwardly confident, successful in their professional lives and have rewarding friendships can be undone by uncomfortable, cold or combative relationships with their siblings, parents, children and grandkids. But at midlife, many people are finally ready to take on the slings and arrows and set things right, whether with a resentful child, a critical parent or a competitive sister. One motivated person can initiate lasting change. However, someone has to take the first step onto the high road. When we do this, it's important to remember that it's often not what we communicate that counts, but how we say it and what we intentionally don’t say. This eBook from PBS and Next Avenue offers up concrete, actionable advice for healing and enjoying our most critical family relationships. By enriching these, we boost the amount and quality of love in our lives as well as our peace of mind, and we ensure that loneliness can be the least of our worries in older age.

  • The Cultural Roots of the 1622 Indian Attack: Richard Pace and Chanco Save Jamestown

    The Cultural Roots of the 1622 Indian Attack: Richard Pace and Chanco Save Jamestown
    Janie Mae Jones McKinley

    An early American history of Jamestown, Virginia, ‘The Cultural Roots of the 1622 Indian Attack’ shows the cultural aspects of the lives of both English settlers and American Indians, along with the bravery of Richard Pace and his loyal Indian companion Chanco who saved Jamestown from disaster. The 1622 Indian Attack was the turning point in early American history. If Jamestown had been annihilated, the United States might never have existed. The roots of our free society, in a country that touches two oceans, began in this little settlement on the James River. In that wooden fort, laws were passed in Jamestown before pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.Powhatan Chief Opechancanough rebelled against the pushy English culture and land-grabbing settlers. He rallied neighboring tribes up and down the James River to destroy the entire British colony. However Chanco, a brave Indian boy, who had been baptized into Christianity, refused to follow his tribe’s orders to kill Richard Pace. Instead, he chose to warn his kind employer of the impending attack. In the middle of the night, Richard Pace became the Paul Revere of his century. He frantically paddled a canoe across the James River to warn the governor. “The Indians are coming!” Because of the bravery of Chanco and Richard Pace, no one died in Jamestown.

  • Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love

    Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love
    Bret Baier

    Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier shares the New York Times bestselling story of his son Paul's ongoing battle with heart disease, and how it transformed his own life and family.This deeply touching personal story is told through the eyes of a journalist as he faces his life's greatest crisis: caring for his critically ill son. With the acute insight of a seasoned reporter, and the deep love of a husband and father, Baier shares behind-the-scenes stories and emotional narrative of young Paul's life thus far. Bret and his wife Amy emerge-just like their brave young son-scarred but infinitely stronger, and clearly understanding what matters most in life. Told by a loving father and master storyteller, this hope-filled account offers an inspirational glimpse into the family of a man who just happens to be someone millions turn to for the day's news.One hundred percent of what the author receives from the sale of this book is donated to various non-profit pediatric heart causes.

  • Sexual Abuse - Child Sexual Abuse True Stories: (What You Need To Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)

    Sexual Abuse – Child Sexual Abuse True Stories: (What You Need To Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)
    Robyn MacBridge

    "Sexual Abuse – Child Sexual Abuse True Stories (What You Need to Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)" is more than just a book of child abuse stories. The victims of child sexual abuse are 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 7 boys (World Health Organization). A majority of the offenders are people they know and trust like their family members.Each child has his/her own childhood sexual abuse story and it’s a horror that each one have had to live through. There are 7 brief child abuse stories in this book that allows you to take a peek into their world to see what the child experienced, as well as food for thought about that particular experience.In an effort to increase awareness and keep the frequency of sexual abuse and child molestation to a minimum, this book also includes advice from experts and practical tips – some of which might have never crossed your mind, as well as a look into the plight of survivors.The child sexual abuse statistics alone are heartbreaking and unbelievable; things that are hard to fathom, and so many. You'll also find out why mothers who know about it many times do nothing about it and what that does to the child on into adulthood.If you've wondered what child sexual abuse is about – not only the stories – but its prevalence (statistics), psychological and emotional impact, things that can be done to help prevent it, and available resources on a worldwide basis including current phone numbers, support groups and websites, all of that information is contained in this book.Collectively with just a little awareness about that dark world, I feel we can make a difference in protecting the innocence of children/adolescence/teens from molestation and sexual abuse.

  • When Your Marriage Is Over: Practical Advice for Surviving Divorce and Living Divorced

    When Your Marriage Is Over: Practical Advice for Surviving Divorce and Living Divorced
    Dennis Jacobson

    This book is for people going through divorce, for those who know someone going through divorce, for those who have been divorced, and for those people with divorced friends and family members. Divorce happens. It’s usually not pleasant. The manner in which a person deals with divorce can make it more or less awful. Less awful is better. This book is about conduct and attitude which can make divorce less awful for you, your kids, and those close to you, and help reduce the cost of divorce in money, time, and emotion.

  • Ghostbread

    Ghostbread
    Sonja Livingston

    “When you eat soup every night, thoughts of bread get you through.” Ghostbread makes real for us the shifting homes and unending hunger that shape the life of a girl growing up in poverty during the 1970s. One of seven children brought up by a single mother, Sonja Livingston was raised in areas of western New York that remain relatively hidden from the rest of America. From an old farming town to an Indian reservation to a dead-end urban neighborhood, Livingston and her siblings follow their nonconformist mother from one ramshackle house to another on the perpetual search for something better. Along the way, the young Sonja observes the harsh realities her family encounters, as well as small moments of transcendent beauty that somehow keep them going. While struggling to make sense of her world, Livingston perceives the stresses and patterns that keep children—girls in particular—trapped in the cycle of poverty. Larger cultural experiences such as her love for Wonder Woman and Nancy Drew and her experiences with the Girl Scouts and Roman Catholicism inform this lyrical memoir. Livingston firmly eschews sentimentality, offering instead a meditation on what it means to hunger and showing that poverty can strengthen the spirit just as surely as it can grind it down.

  • A Kidnapped Mind: A Mother s Heartbreaking Story of Parental Alienation Syndrome

    A Kidnapped Mind: A Mother’s Heartbreaking Story of Parental Alienation Syndrome
    Pamela Richardson

    How do we begin to describe our love for our children? Pamela Richardson shows us with her passionate memoir of life with and without her estranged son, Dash. From age five Dash suffered Parental Alienation Syndrome at the hands of his father. Indoctrinated to believe his mother had abandoned him, after years of monitored phone calls and impeded access eight-year-old Dash decided he didn't want to be "forced" to visit her at all; later he told her he would never see her again if she took the case to court. But he didn't count on his indefatigable mother's fierce love. For eight more years Pamela battled Dash's father, the legal system, their psychologist, the school system, and Dash himself to try and protect her son – first from his father, then from himself. A Kidnapped Mind is a heartrending and mesmerizing story of a Canadian mother's exile from and reunion with her child, through grief and beyond, to peace.

  • Parenting With Purpose: Winning the Heart of Your Child

    Parenting With Purpose: Winning the Heart of Your Child
    Paul Tsika

    How Do You Become The Parent You Always Wanted To Be? Almost anyone can be a parent, but what does it take to become a truly great parent? Everyone is looking for the secret to successfully raising their kids, and that secret starts with – purpose. Relationship coaches, Paul and Billie Tsika openly share their struggles and victories in raising three children throughout their 45-year marriage. They even take you behind closed doors and bring their own kids’ perspective into the book, having them share the good and bad of how they were parented. As a parent, you will be: Encouraged to raise your children intentionally, shaping them for adulthood and preparing them for their unique densities Equipped to lead your children into spiritual and emotional wholeness as you set the example Educated to incorporate a heart-approach, where you parent based on your child’s individuality and practice constructive discipline Empowered to grow from mistakes, practice forgiveness (a lot), edify, bless, and unconditionally love your children. Get ready to transform your family! Start Parenting With Purpose and watch your children become the men and women God created them to be.

  • Family Reunion: Taking it to the Next Level: Taking it to the Next Level

    Family Reunion: Taking it to the Next Level: Taking it to the Next Level
    Regina Mason

    Family Reunion: Taking it to the next level is a book written as a step-by-step guide to researching your family’s history and successful family reunion planning. It was written for those who desire to take their family reunion to the next level; from the backyard to the hotel courtyard, from local to national, and from one branch to multiple branches of the family tree. This book is useful for both the novice and the more experienced family historian, genealogical researcher, or reunion organizer. TOPICS COVERED • Family History Research • Family Trees and Genealogy Software • Navigating Online Genealogy Databases & Records • Genetic Genealogy and DNA Testing • Preserving and Sharing the Family History • Family Reunion Planning • 24-Month Family Reunion Timeline Planner • Reunion Invitations and Letters • Organizing Reunion Planning Committees • Responsibilities of the Reunion Planning Committees & Subcommittees • Budgeting and Financing the Reunion • Activities & Games • The Reunion Tee-shirt • The Family Reunion Souvenir Book • Creating a Family Website

  • Annie s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret

    Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret
    Steve Luxenberg

    The Great Michigan Read 2013-14 Michigan Notable Book for 2010 A Washington Post Book World's "Best Books of 2009," Memoir Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Or so everyone thought. Six months after Beth's death, her secret emerged. It had a name: Annie. Steve Luxenberg's mother always told people she was an only child. It was a fact that he'd grown up with, along with the information that some of his relatives were Holocaust survivors. However, when his mother was dying, she casually mentioned that she had had a sister she'd barely known, who early in life had been put into a mental institution. Luxenberg began his researches after his mother's death, discovering the startling fact that his mother had grown up in the same house with this sister, Annie, until her parents sent Annie away to the local psychiatric hospital at the age of 23.Annie would spend the rest of her life shut away in a mental institution, while the family erased any hints that she had ever existed. Through interviews and investigative journalism, Luxenberg teases out her story from the web of shame and half-truths that had hidden it. He also explores the social history of institutions such as Eloise in Detroit, where Annie lived, and the fact that in this era (the 40s and 50s), locking up a troubled relative who suffered from depression or other treatable problems was much more common than anyone realizes today.

  • Why a Daughter Needs a Mom

    Why a Daughter Needs a Mom
    Gregory Lang

    The third book in the Family Matter series, Why a Daughter Needs a Mominspires mothers to empower their daughters to become strong, purposeful, independent women and reminds daughters that their mothers are some of the strongest, most reliable sources from which they can draw strength and wisdom.

  • Sexual Abuse - Child Sexual Abuse True Stories: (What You Need To Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)

    Sexual Abuse – Child Sexual Abuse True Stories: (What You Need To Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)
    Robyn MacBridge

    "Sexual Abuse – Child Sexual Abuse True Stories (What You Need to Know & Shocking Child Abuse Statistics!)" is more than just a book of child abuse stories. The victims of child sexual abuse are 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 7 boys (World Health Organization). A majority of the offenders are people they know and trust like their family members.Each child has his/her own childhood sexual abuse story and it’s a horror that each one have had to live through. There are 7 brief child abuse stories in this book that allows you to take a peek into their world to see what the child experienced, as well as food for thought about that particular experience.In an effort to increase awareness and keep the frequency of sexual abuse and child molestation to a minimum, this book also includes advice from experts and practical tips – some of which might have never crossed your mind, as well as a look into the plight of survivors.The child sexual abuse statistics alone are heartbreaking and unbelievable; things that are hard to fathom, and so many. You'll also find out why mothers who know about it many times do nothing about it and what that does to the child on into adulthood.If you've wondered what child sexual abuse is about – not only the stories – but its prevalence (statistics), psychological and emotional impact, things that can be done to help prevent it, and available resources on a worldwide basis including current phone numbers, support groups and websites, all of that information is contained in this book.Collectively with just a little awareness about that dark world, I feel we can make a difference in protecting the innocence of children/adolescence/teens from molestation and sexual abuse.

  • The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture

    The Archaeology of Childhood: Children, Gender, and Material Culture
    Jane Eva Baxter, DePaul University

    The study of children and childhood in historical and prehistoric life is an overlooked area of study that Jane Baxter addresses in this brief book. Her timely contribution stresses the importance of studying children as active participants in past cultures, instead of regarding them mainly for their effect on adult life. Using the critical concepts of gender and socialization, she develops new theoretical and methodological approaches for the archaeological study of this large but invisible population. Baxter presents examples from the analysis of toys, miniatures, and other objects traditionally associated with children, from the gendered distribution of activity space, from the remains of children-as-apprentices, and from mortuary evidence. Baxter's work will aid archaeologists bring a more nuanced understanding of children's role in the historical and archaeological record.

  • Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime

    Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime
    Sarah Smiley

    They say you are what you eat–but apparently, with whom you eat is pretty important too. Current medical research bears this out. But wellness was not what motivated mil-blogger/Navy wife and mom Sarah Smiley to invite one guest every week for 52 weeks to have dinner with herself and her three young sons.Sarah's motivation was to fill a void in her family life: that empty chair at the dining room table while her Navy pilot husband, Dustin, was deployed overseas for a year. But what started as a gesture meant to distract the boys from missing their Dad became a joyous journey as the unlikeliest people accepted the invitations… and brought dessert. The Smiley family discovered that a surprising number of people really are available for dinner. You just have to ask.Each dinner guest taught them about life, and the importance of sharing something simple and intimate–like a meal–to cement these valuable lessons in place. From a state senator (she baked brownies) to sports superstars (ice cream), from the boys' teachers (cookies) to their 94-year old neighbor–with R2-D2 making a very special visit–each Smiley dinner guest leaves an indelible impression. Throughout the book, Sarah Smiley's unvarnished detailing of the emotional ebb and flow of being a "single mom" to three irrepressible boys while trying to balance career, car pool and dinner prep is Bombeck-esque at times, deeply moving at others. DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS transformed the family, so much so that even upon Dad's return home, the dinners have continued… one new guest every week. DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS shows how one family made a difference not only in their own lives, but the life of each guest as well. Full of humor and heart, this memoir will remind readers how nice it is to sit down, break bread, and connect, as well as surely inspire many invitations to the dinner table.

  • Step Parenting Getting It Right

    Step Parenting Getting It Right
    Brenda Van Niekerk

    Step families or Blended Families Are the Norm Nowadays. The statistics show that 65 percent of remarriages will include children from previous relationships.When families “blend” to create step families things rarely progress smoothly.Some children may resist the many changes they face, while parents may become frustrated or disappointed when the new family doesn’t function like their previous family functioned.This book teaches you to deal with basic issues such as privacy for individual family members, who should handle the discipline, giving your stepchildren space, not to expect respect, but to earn respect. How to deal with hot and cold behavior from your step kids.Contrary to myth, step families have a high rate of success in raising healthy children. 80% of the kids grow up and turn out to be fine.Do not beat yourself up about being a bad step parent, learn how to deal with the situation.

  • Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball

    Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball
    Will Leitch

    A hilarious tribute to baseball and to the fathers and sons who share the love of the game.Are We Winning? is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs–the "lovable losers" to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men. Along for the ride are both Will's father, the gregarious but not-exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who, despite being a die-hard Cards fan and living his whole life just 200 miles south of Chicago, had never been to Wrigley Field before this game, and Will's college friend, a lifelong Cubs fan. The Cardinals have recently fallen out of the pennant race, and the Cubs, as it turns out, are attempting to clinch the division on this Saturday afternoon in September. The pitchers are Ted Lilly for the Cubs and Joel Pineiro for the Cardinals. It's just a regular game. Play ball.The book unfolds in half-inning increments where Will gives one-of-a-kind insight on the past, present, and future of the game–from Pujols' unrivaled greatness to the myth that steroids have ruined baseball. Along the way, he shares memories of his father and growing up in the small town of Mattoon, including the year his dad coached his Little League team and nicknamed a scrawny kid "Bulldog," and an unlikely postgame episode involving a biker bar and Mr. Holland's Opus. And there is beer. Lots and lots of beer.Are We Winning? is a book about the indelible bond that links fathers and sons. For the Leitch men it's baseball that holds them together–not that either of them would ever be so weak as to admit it. No matter how far apart they are or what's going on in their lives, they'll always be able to talk about baseball. It's the story of being a fan, a story about fathers, sons, and legacies. And one perfect game.

  • Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home

    Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
    Nina Stibbe

    "Breezy, sophisticated, hilarious, rude and aching with sweetness: LOVE, NINA might be the most charming book I've ever read." –Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, BernadetteIn 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there's a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car. Dinner table discussions cover the gamut, from the greats of English literature, to swearing in German, to sexually transmitted diseases. There's no end to what Nina can learn from these boys (rude words) and their broad-minded mother (the who's who of literary London).A charming, hilarious, sweetly inspiring celebration of bad food and good company, Love, Nina makes a young woman's adventures in a new world come alive.

  • Family Life Education: Working with Families across the Lifespan, Third Edition

    Family Life Education: Working with Families across the Lifespan, Third Edition
    Carol A. Darling

    Contemporary family life educators operate within a wide range of settings and with increasingly varied populations and families. In the third edition of Family Life Education, Darling and Cassidy expose readers to the diverse landscape of the field while laying a comprehensive, research-based, practical foundation for current and future family life educators. The authors, both CFLE-certified, consider the Certified Family Life Educator certification requirements of the National Council on Family Relations throughout the text. Their broad overview of the field includes a brief history and discussion of family life education as an established profession. The authors incorporate theory, research, and practice while also providing guidelines for planning, implementing, and evaluating family life education programs. Chapters on sexuality education, relationship and marriage education, and parenting education highlight some of the more prevalent and visible forms of family life education. Comments from international educators and interactive classroom exercises focus on global trends, building awareness and appreciation of diversity. Discussion questions and activities encourage readers to examine issues and apply what they have learned.

  • Even The Angels

    Even The Angels
    Patricia Kelly Santelmann

    In this recollection of a family tragedy, the author has created a book brimming with life. This skillfully written memoir begins with the report of a car crash that causes the death of the author’s mother, brother, sister, and aunt, but moves quickly to recount the lives of these vibrant people. Their stories are the heart of this book. In Aunt Leona’s chapter, we learn what happens to this timid, conscientious woman when she makes her third confession within ten minutes. In Michael’s chapter, we see mischievous Michael’s eighth grade report card with its forest of demerits, and we watch him grow to become a sensitive, witty, law student. We laugh over tomboy Sharon, who becomes a Franciscan nun and sets the convent abuzz with her impulsive ways. The spirit of the book, however, resides in the story of Agnes, the author’s mother. After Agnes’s mother died, Agnes was separated from her father and raised by an aunt. Agnes grew up to be an outgoing and optimistic woman. At the age of twenty-one, she married Lloyd Kelly and together they raised eleven children. Unlike many memoirs that tell of a dysfunctional family, this is a story of a husband and wife who worked together to raise seven sons and four daughters. Both mother and father were shrewd observers of each child’s personality and character, and they used their insights to treat each child as an individual. Raising one child to be a successful adult is not easy; raising eleven is a monumental task. The Kellies approached that task with energy and zest. Even the Angels is a story larger than the family itself. It is the story of how families can live together, work together, play together, and struggle together to make a living and to maintain themselves against the threat of loss and separation. In its essence, this is a book about the ability to appreciate the sweet times of life yet meet adversity with courage and grace.

  • Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy

    Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy
    Jean Halley

    A history of the shifting and conflicting ideas about when, where, and how we should touch our children Discussing issues of parent-child contact ranging from breastfeeding to sexual abuse, Jean O'Malley Halley traces the evolution of mainstream ideas about touching between adults and children over the course of the twentieth century in the United States. Debates over when a child should be weaned and whether to allow a child to sleep in the parent's bed reveal deep differences in conceptions of appropriate adult-child contact. Boundaries of Touch shows how arguments about adult-child touch have been politicized, simplified, and bifurcated into "naturalist" and "behaviorist" viewpoints, thereby sharpening certain binary constructions such as mind/body and male/female. Halley discusses the gendering of ideas about touch that were advanced by influential social scientists and parenting experts including Benjamin Spock, Alfred C. Kinsey, and Luther Emmett Holt. She also explores how touch ideology fared within and against the post-World War II feminist movements, especially with respect to issues of breastfeeding and sleeping with a child versus using a crib. In addition to contemporary periodicals and self-help books on child rearing, Halley uses information gathered from interviews she conducted with mothers ranging in age from twenty-eight to seventy-three. Throughout, she reveals how the parent-child relationship, far from being a private or benign subject, continues as a highly contested, politicized affair of keen public interest.

  • Men are from Earth, Women are from Earth: A Guide to Winning Cooperation from Your Spouse

    Men are from Earth, Women are from Earth: A Guide to Winning Cooperation from Your Spouse
    Kenneth Wenning

    Men Are from Earth, Women Are from Earth is a self-help book for couples in conflict. Its primary goal is to help couples stop fighting and start living together cooperatively—like true partners in life. Toward this end it shows married people how to overcome their self-defeating, relationship-damaging attitudes and behaviors, how to identify and prevent the main cause of emotional disturbance in marriage, and how to win greater cooperation from their mates. It also teaches couples effective communication and problem-solving methods—and ways of finding greater pleasure in married life. Though primarily a self-help book for married individuals, this book is also designed to support any marital therapy effort or any type of individual therapy for a married person who is seeking to improve his or her marriage. It can be used simply as recommended reading for clients who wish to facilitate self-improvement in marriage as well as relational improvement with the spouse, or it can be used as a structured, step-by-step intervention for distressed couples. Either way, both the psychoeducational content of this book and the emotional and interpersonal problem-solving methods it prescribes are likely to help many unhappily married individuals decisively end the marital "madness" and create more satisfying relationships with their partners.

  • Love, Marriage, and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition

    Love, Marriage, and Family in Jewish Law and Tradition
    Michael Kaufman

    Love, Marriage, and Family in the JewishLaw and Tradition is everything you wanted to know about the Jewish view on marriage, sexuality, and child bearing in clear and concise language. This comprehensive book looks to inform the reader about all the Jewish laws concerning family, marriage, procreation, and child rearing.

  • The Diary of a Pissed Off Mom

    The Diary of a Pissed Off Mom
    Victoria Novicke

    The Diary of a Pissed Off Mom is just that. Follow me through my journey of motherhood. My story is of a young woman becoming a mother, growing with children and a husband. I share with you the joys, sorrows, trials and tribulations of all that goes with parenting. I am sharing with you the reality of the “And They All Lived Happily Ever After”….. The truth is, that fairy tale idealism is a load of bullcaca. I didn’t realize how difficult marriage and children were. Over the years I have developed my diary not just for them to know who their mother was, but what it was like raising them. Once the teenage years arrived all preconceived thoughts and ideas of parenting strategies went right out the window. I have elaborated on events to add perspective and enlightenment to you, the reader. My wish is to help other parents realize that if you stay true to your beliefs and keep love in your heart, anything can be overcome.

  • Without My Mum: A Daughter s Guide to Grief, Loss and Reclaiming Life

    Without My Mum: A Daughter’s Guide to Grief, Loss and Reclaiming Life
    Leigh Van Der Horst

    When Leigh Van Der Horst lost her beloved mother to cancer in 2008, she faced her biggest battle yet. In Without My Mum, she invites us on a journey that is at times heartbreaking, others heartwarming, but ultimately comforting and inspiring. With warmth and candour, Leigh tells of her transformative passage through devastating grief, one that allowed her to rediscover and redefine her own identity.As well as exploring her own experience, Van Der Horst brings together stories from many inspiring women around the world, including contributions from Jools Oliver, Lisa Wilkinson, Megan Gale, Amanda de Cadenet and Natalie ‘A wonderful book that captured my heart in the first few paragraphs. Leigh’s candid, humorous and heartfelt narrative, together with a collection of stories and wisdom from others who have walked a similar path, are authentic, uniting and ultimately inspiring. It’s a laugh-out-loud, sob-a-little-uncontrollably kind of book that will resonate with any parent or carer. I adored it!’ —Jools Oliver ‘I can’t sing the praises of this gorgeous mum enough. For those who have lost their mum and are forging ahead as a mum on your own, this is truly a must have book.’ —Natalie Bassingthwaighte

  • The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them

    The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them
    Amy Dickinson

    Dear Amy,First my husband told me he didn't love me. Then he said he didn't think he had ever really loved me. Then he left me with a baby to raise by myself. Amy, I don't want to be a single mother.I told myself I'd never be divorced. And now here I am–exactly where I didn't want to be!My daughter and I live in London. We don't really have any friends here. What should we do?Desperate Dear Desperate,I have an idea.Take your baby, get on a plane, and move back to your dinky hometown in upstate New York–the place you couldn't wait to leave when you were young. Live with your sister in the back bedroom of her tiny bungalow. Cry for five weeks. Nestle in with your quirky family of hometown women–many of them single, like you. Drink lots of coffee and ask them what to do. Do your best to listen to their advice but don't necessarily follow it.Start to work in Washington, DC. Start to date. Make friends. Fail up. Develop a career as a job doula. Teach nursery school and Sunday School.Watch your daughter grow. When she's a teenager, just when you're both getting comfortable, uproot her and move to Chicago to take a job writing a nationally syndicated advice column.Do your best to replace a legend. Date some more.Love fiercely. Laugh with abandon. Grab your second chance–and your third, and your fourth.Send your daughter to college. Cry for five more weeks.Move back again to your dinky hometown and the women who helped raise you.Find love, finally.And take care.Amy

  • Familyhood

    Familyhood
    Paul Reiser

    For the longest time, based on no evidence other than our own insecurity and sense of incompetence, my wife and I were convinced that we were the flat-out, no-question-about-it, least-skilled parents in the country. Furthermore, we were convinced that every other set of parents we knew was perfect. They were more thorough in going over their kids' homework, they set better boundaries than we do, didn't let their kids watch as many hours of TV as we do, raised kids who are unfailingly polite in public and have a far greater sense of community and public service than our underachieving offspring over there on the couch watching SpongeBob. We were certain everybody else's kids willingly and joyfully eat nothing but healthy foods, shunning all candy and candy-based products, they all sensibly and automatically put on weather-appropriate clothing, and voluntarily call their grandparents with clockwork regularity, giving fully detailed accounts of their numerous accomplishments, ending with testimonials to their wonderful and perfect parents.Turns out: not so much. At all.In the number one New York Times bestseller Couplehood, Paul Reiser wrote about the highs and lows of falling in love and getting married-and the heartbreak and hilarity that comes with it. In Babyhood, he turned his sharply observant eye to the experiences of having a brand-new family. And now in Familyhood, Reiser shares his observations on parenting, marriage, and mid-life with the wit, warmth, and humor that he's so well-known for.From the first experience of sending his two boys off to summer camp-the early feelings of gleeful freedom in an empty house, to realizing how empty the house actually was-to maneuvering the minefield of bad words learned at school, this hilarious new book captures the spirit of familyhood, the logical next frontier for Reiser's trademark perspective on the universal truths of life, love, and relationships.

  • Rebuilding Broken Bridges For Couples: Giving Hope for Relationships in Crisis

    Rebuilding Broken Bridges For Couples: Giving Hope for Relationships in Crisis
    John Wagner

    Can marriages be resurrected when they have gone from love to ruin? Is there a chance to save a hopeless union? Can a dead relationship come alive again? John Wagner says, "Yes!." He and his wife Susan went through a marriage crisis. The healing they received from Imago Relationship Therapy inspired a dream of helping couples Rebuilding Broken Bridges gives hope to struggling couples who want to find the way back. It also proposes biblical ideas on healthy marriages and joins them with the latest research in relationships. "No matter where you are in your relationship, "Rebuilding Broken Bridges" gives you proven strategies and time tested wisdom to create a brighter future. John Wagner is a true master. He understands what it takes to rebuild a marriage because he has done it and now he is making it available for the rest of the world to see." Dr. Dave Martin: America's #1 Christian Success Coach & author of The 12 Traits of the Greats A modern day marriage miracle! Inspiring and hopeful for all of us as a tribute to the power of God and clinical skills in healing marriages and people." Pat Love, Ed.D., co-author, How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It

  • Skeletons in the Closet: A Sociological Analysis of Family Conflicts

    Skeletons in the Closet: A Sociological Analysis of Family Conflicts
    Aysan Sev’er

    Family conflict has traditionally been studied by researchers who are at a safe intellectual distance from the families under their study. In Skeletons in the Closet, and in line with feminist research methodologies, the hierarchical distance between researcher and subject is broken down. All of the contributors to this volume are academics, and all are closely related to the families they write about. Skeletons in the Closet consists of ten essays about unresolved or unresolvable family conflicts. The contributors start from the assumption that families—whether legal-marriage families, common-law marriage families, single-parent families, multiple-generation families, same-sex partnerships, or adoptive families—are cradles of intense emotion. That intensity, they argue, may translate into conflict, competition, domination, abuse, exploitation, or even hate. This book explores those areas most likely to grip family members in unresolved interpersonal strife, as well as the strategies people use to solve the issues and the shame and isolation that conflict brings in societies that normatively expect family life to be one of joy, mutual sharing, and caring. This first-hand narration of family conflict by social scholars has much to contribute to sociological studies of the family, both methodologically and theoretically. The introduction and conclusion place family conflict within sociological and social psychological theories and methods.

  • Selling Mrs. Consumer: Christine Frederick and the Rise of Household Efficiency

    Selling Mrs. Consumer: Christine Frederick and the Rise of Household Efficiency
    Janice Williams Rutherford

    This first book-length treatment of the life and work of Christine Frederick (1883-1970) reveals an important dilemma that faced educated women of the early twentieth century. Contrary to her professional role as home efficiency expert, advertising consultant, and consumer advocate, Christine Frederick espoused the nineteenth-century ideal of preserving the virtuous home–and a woman's place in it. In an effort to reconcile her desire to succeed in the public sphere of modernization and consumerism with the knowledge that most middle-class Americans still held traditional beliefs about gender roles, Frederick fashioned a career for herself that encouraged other women to remain at home. With the rise of home economics and scientific management, Frederick–college-educated but confined to the drudgery of housework–devised a plan for bringing the public sphere into the domestic. Her home would become her factory. She learned how to standardize tasks by observing labor-saving devices in industry and then applied this knowledge to housework. She standardized dishwashing, for example, by breaking the job into three separate operations: scraping and stacking, washing, and drying and putting away. Determined to train women to become proficient homemakers and efficient managers, Frederick secured a job writing articles for the Ladies' Home Journal. A professional career as home efficiency expert later expanded to include advertising consultant and consumer advocate. Frederick assured male advertisers that she knew women well and promised to help them sell to "Mrs. Consumer." While Frederick sought the power and influence available only to men, she promoted a division of labor by gender and therefore served the fall of the early-twentieth-century wave of feminism. Rutherford's engaging account of Christine Frederick's life reflects a dilemma that continues to affect women today–whether to seek professional gratification or adhere to traditional family values.

  • 3 Day Potty Training

    3 Day Potty Training
    Lora Jensen

    3 Day Potty Training is a fun and easy-to-follow guide for potty training even the most stubborn child just 3 days. Not just for pee and poop but for day and night too! Lora’s method is all about training the child to learn their own body signs. If the parent is having to do all the work, then the child isn’t truly trained, but with Lora’s method your child will learn when their body is telling them that they need to use the potty and they will communicate that need to you.

  • Her Father’s Daughter

    Her Father’s Daughter
    Alice Pung

    Winner, 2011 Western Australian Book Awards At twenty-something, Alice is eager for the milestones of adulthood: leaving home, choosing a career, finding friendship and love on her own terms. But with each step she takes she feels the sharp tug of invisible threads: the love and worry of her parents, who want more than anything to keep her from harm. Her father fears for her safety to an extraordinary degree – but why? As she digs further into her father's story, Alice embarks on a journey of painful discovery: of memories lost and found, of her own fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years. Set in Melbourne, China and Cambodia, Her Father's Daughter captures a father–daughter relationship in a moving and astonishingly powerful way. Shortlisted, 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlisted, 2012 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards ‘Pung has an extraordinary story to tell and the finesse to bring it, most movingly to the page.’ —the Monthly ‘A tender, sophisticated sequel to Unpolished Gem, told with humour, compassion, finesse and powerful imagery.’ —Wet Ink ‘Pung is one of the best young writers in Australia. Her Father's Daughter is an exhilarating journey. Take it.’ —Walkley Magazine ‘Pung makes everything she writes about shine’ —the Australian ‘A beautiful exploration of father-daughter relationships.’ —Vogue ‘Remarkably tender and thoughtful.’ —Sunday Age Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in Melbourne. She is the author of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda and the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Alice’s work has appeared in the Monthly, Good Weekend, the Age, The Best Australian Stories and Meanjin. Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.