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Putting family first : successful strategies for reclaming family life in a hurry-up world
Doherty, William J. (William Joseph), 1945-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 188 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"An Owl book."

Includes index.
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HQ536 .D644 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
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Outlines realistic ways in which to regain family connections and enable more meaningful home relationships, presenting tips for time-crunched parents on such topics as family meals, outings, conflicts, and making time for a marriage.

Author Notes

William J. Doherty is professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Center at the University of Minnesota and co-founder of Family Life 1st.

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Library Journal Review

Cofounders of Family Life First, Doherty and Carlson believe that "family relationships are the irreplaceable core of a full human life" and that soccer practice, violin lessons, and other extracurricular activities serve to overwhelm children and distance them from their loved ones. Reclaiming the family meal, where parents establish and lead rituals (e.g., discussion, prayer) instead of just eating as quickly as possible, allows everyone to reconnect. This, in turn, eases further reclaiming, e.g., vacations and bedtimes. Although the authors' passion sometimes smacks of zeal, there is much practical advice here for parents, including single parents and stepfamilies. John Rosemond's New Parent Power! has a similar message, while Jim Taylor's Positive Pushing: How To Raise a Successful and Happy Child presents an intense counterpoint. With its warm, reassuring tone and lots of examples from real families, Doherty and Carlson's book is recommended for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
1 It's Time for Action: Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Familiesp. 1
2 It's About Time: Putting First Things Firstp. 13
3 This Kitchen Is Not a Pit Stop: Reclaiming Family Mealsp. 26
4 Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: Reclaiming Bedtimep. 47
5 But It's Not on the Schedule! Reclaiming Time to Just Hang Outp. 61
6 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Reclaiming Family Outings and Vacationsp. 77
7 Taming the Technology Beast: Reclaiming Family Life in the Homep. 91
8 Putting Family First in Two-Parent Familiesp. 102
9 Putting Family First in Single-Parent Familiesp. 113
10 Putting Family First in Stepfamiliesp. 126
11 Making Time for a Marriagep. 137
12 It's About Each of Us: Changing Our Familiesp. 152
13 It's About All of Us: Changing Our Communitiesp. 160
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Indexp. 179