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Chicken soup for the parent's soul : stories of loving, learning, and parenting
Publication Information:
Deerfield Beach, FL : Health Communications, 2000.
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xix, 362 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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HQ755.8 .C447 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ755.8 .C447 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ755.8 .C447 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Certain to appeal to all parents-whether they are expecting or raising their first new addition, in-the-trenches veterans or empty-nesters- this delightful Chicken Soup book offers a collection of inspiring and entertaining stories that relate to the triumphs, tribulations, challenges and joys of raising a family. Chapters include: The Joys of Parenting; A Mother's Love; A Father's Love; Special Connections; Special Moments; Insights and Lessons; Overcoming Obstacles; Surviving Loss; Across The Generations; and Letting Go.

With contributions from celebrity and "ordinary" parents alike, each story speaks to the range of emotions and experiences of all types of parents-single parents, foster parents, parents of adopted children, or part of a two-parent family with biological children. By sharing the personal experiences of others, this book will offer inspiration and advice to parents going through a difficult time; provide reassurance to those who worry that they're not living up to the Supermom or Superdad ideal; and share a wealth of experiences that show why being a parent is such a worthwhile and rewarding vocation.

This book is a must-read for any parent or parent-to-be!

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)



The Pickle JarHis heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father. Will RogersAs far back as I can remember, the large pickle jar sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When Dad got ready for bed, he would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar. As a small boy I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled. I used to squat on the floor in front of the jar and admire the copper and silver circles that glinted like a pirate's treasure when the sun poured through the bedroom window. When the jar was filled, Dad would sit at the kitchen table and roll the coins before taking them to the bank. Taking the coins to the bank was always a big production. Stacked neatly in a small cardboard box, the coins were placed between Dad and me on the seat of his old truck. Each and every time, as we drove to the bank, Dad would look at me hopefully. "Those coins are going to keep you out of the textile mill, son. You're going to do better than me. This old mill town's not going to hold you back." Also, each and every time, as he slid the box of rolled coins across the counter at the bank toward the cashier, he would grin proudly. "These are for my son's college fund. He'll never work at the mill all his life like me. We would always celebrate each deposit by stopping for an ice cream cone. I always had chocolate. Dad always had vanilla. When the clerk at the ice cream parlor handed Dad his change, he would show me the few coins nestled in his palm. "When we get home, we'll start filling the jar again." He always let me drop the first coins into the empty jar. As they rattled around with a brief, happy jingle, we grinned at each other. "You'll get to college on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters," he said. "But you'll get there. I'll see to that." The years passed, and I finished college and took a job in another town. Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom and noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served its purpose and had been removed. A lump rose in my throat as I stared at the spot beside the dresser where the jar had always stood. My dad was a man of few words, and he never lectured me on the values of determination, perseverance and faith. The pickle jar had taught me all these virtues far more eloquently than the most flowery of words could have done. When I married, I told my wife Susan about the significant part the lowly pickle jar had played in my life. In my mind, it defined, more than anything else, how much my dad had loved me. No matter how rough things got at home, Dad continued to doggedly drop his coins into the jar. Even the summer when Dad got laid off from the mill, and Mama had to serve dried beans several Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul: 101 Stories of Loving, Learning and Parenting by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Raymond Aaron, Jack Canfield All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

A. W. CobbHarriet XanthakosElaine DeckerRobert FulghumRobert Dixon and Zan GaudiosoMartha BeckAlvin AbramLori BroadfootHunter S. FulghumLaurin BroadbentGary LautensBeth MullallyRabona GordonJanie EmausJewel SandersJanie EmausNoreen WyperJosie LauritsenEileen GoltzSheila Hammock GosneyGary LautensBeryl PaintinNicole SmithJudy E. CarterRobert Dixon and Zan GaudiosoSarah J. Vogt and Ron VogtD. L. StewartPeter FondaBeth MullallyJudy E. CarterBob MullenGary LautensElizabeth EnnsJan Meek and Daniel Byles and Janet MatthewsNancy McBeeJanet Matthews and Dan KeenanDavid LikeLou OgstonMary HilandCheryl KiersteadSharon PalmerGeorge Eyre MastersAnne MetikoshBits and PiecesKittie EllisBrian LockeKathrine A. BarhydtC. J. HerrmannLouisa Godissart McQuillenDawn and Tim JohnsonLeo BuscagliaElizabeth CobbSusan Farr-FahnckeChristie A. HansenWilliam G. WoodMargaret HillAndy SkidmoreJames Dobson, Ph.D.Hanoch McCartyJoe TyeCheryl Costello-ForsheyWendy Ann LowdenBobbi BisserierDebbie RikleyMarina Tennyson and Bill HoltonDavid ZinmanLori Thomas and Darlene MontgomerySharon PeerlessDouglas Kramp and Darlene MontgomeryM. Schneider and Zan GaudiosoMary-Ann Joustra BorstadDiane C. NicholsonChristy Chappelear AndrewsAndrea WarrenMarguerite AnnenChris LloydKevin HannDiane TullsonBeverley Bolger GordonDoreen S. AustmanRaymond AaronEllyn L. GeiselMyrna FloodDavid ZinmanBeth MullallyRuth AyersBill PetchPaula Mathers and Bill HoltonBarbara Bartocci
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Share with Usp. xix
1. The Joys of Parenting
The Pickle Jarp. 2
Geraniums of Lovep. 6
The Tooth Fairyp. 8
The Good Stuffp. 10
Let's Go Fly a Kitep. 14
My Second Birthp. 17
The Photograph Albump. 22
The Spinner Platep. 26
Coffee Milk and Oreosp. 28
Daddyp. 32
Comic-Book Solomonp. 33
Driving Me Crazyp. 35
I'm Okayp. 39
2. A Mother's Love
On Becoming a Stepmotherp. 42
The Other Motherp. 46
Daddy's Hair Is Red: The Best of Bits and Piecesp. 48
I Live with an Alienp. 49
A Time for Lovep. 52
When He Sleepsp. 55
Defining Lovep. 58
Housewife's Prayerp. 61
My Wife Doesn't "Work"p. 64
The Gift of Lifep. 67
A Mother's Love Revealedp. 71
Cyberstepmotherp. 77
3. A Father's Love
My Ray of Hopep. 82
Hidden Green Wordsp. 86
Hey Son, I Love You, Toop. 90
My Dad Henryp. 93
It Takes a Special Man to Fill a Stepfather's Shoesp. 97
The Toasterp. 100
A Letter to the IRSp. 104
Advice from the Groom's Dadp. 109
4. Special Connections
Against All Oddsp. 114
A Hundred and One Atlantic Nightsp. 118
From the Heartp. 125
The Navy's Babyp. 128
Embassy of Hopep. 135
What Odds?p. 138
The Bungee That Bindsp. 143
Joey Comes Homep. 148
5. Special Moments
Something to Make Me Happyp. 154
A Father's Day Phone Callp. 157
Monsters Under the Bedp. 162
The Special Olympicsp. 164
Keeping the Magicp. 165
Love of a Childp. 166
Self-Esteem at Fivep. 168
The Windowp. 169
"You're Having a Baby!"p. 175
Welcome, Levi!p. 177
There Is So Much to Learnp. 180
6. Insights and Lessons
True Generosityp. 188
Maya's Smilep. 191
I'm Not Your Slavep. 194
The Millionairep. 198
Teen Wisdomp. 199
What Parents Say/What Parents Actually Meanp. 201
The Naked Patientp. 203
Man Plans and God Laughsp. 206
Message from a Guardian Angelp. 210
Daddy's Dayp. 213
I believe in Angelsp. 216
7. Overcoming Obstacles
The Light at the End of the Tunnelp. 222
My Son, My Grandsonp. 227
Tough Love Wins the Dayp. 231
A Voice for Elizabethp. 236
My Daughter's Smilep. 241
A Heart in the Shadowsp. 247
8. Surviving Loss
Erin's Legacy of Lovep. 254
My Messagep. 260
Forgivenessp. 264
Held in Our Hearts Foreverp. 267
A Dolphin Wish Fulfilledp. 271
I Miss You Most at Christmasp. 275
The Day My Daughter Diedp. 280
Cori's Beadsp. 283
Rachel's Giftp. 287
9. Letting Go
Watching Me Gop. 295
The Video of Lifep. 298
The Partingp. 300
Dancing in the Streetp. 302
The End of Childhoodp. 303
A Gift from Brandonp. 307
Words That Bindp. 310
Mapping Life's Journey on the Refrigerator Doorp. 315
10. Across the Generations
Bedtime Stories Across the Milesp. 321
Miriam's Umbrellap. 323
Grandma Meyer's Giftp. 326
From Mother to Daughter to Motherp. 330
More Chicken Soup?p. 337
Supporting Parents and Children of the Worldp. 338
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 342
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 343
Who Is Kimberly Kirberger?p. 344
Who Is Raymond Aaron?p. 345
Contributorsp. 346
Permissions (continued)p. 359