Families: Crisis and Caring


In this invaluable source of information and inspiration, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton shares the insight, strength, and sheer love of children that have made him a national treasure.
Families today are in transition and the parents of young children can no longer simply look to the experiences ...

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In this invaluable source of information and inspiration, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton shares the insight, strength, and sheer love of children that have made him a national treasure.
Families today are in transition and the parents of young children can no longer simply look to the experiences of their own parents for guidance in our rapidly changing world. Drawing on the experiences of five of the real families who appeared on his cable television series “What Every Baby Knows,” Dr. Brazelton now tackles such contemporary issues and crises as divorce and stepparenting, the involved father, parental rivalry, grandparenting, infertility, loss of a parent, adoption, and illness in the family.
Dr. Brazelton illustrates each issue dramatically, giving us an intimate look at the lives and hearts of the families involved. After drawing deft, vivid profiles of the parents, children, and grandparents, Brazelton shows how each crisis upsets the stability of the family, how each member copes with the problem, and, most importantly, how the family as a whole eventually regains its balance and continues to grow. In the concluding chapter, “When to Seek Help,” Brazelton offers his advice on when, why, and how an overwhelmed family can reach out for professional assistance in crisis-solving.
In analyzing these crises and pointing to solutions, Brazelton writes with the warm reassurance and candor that have made him a trusted guide for parents and physicians alike.
“Wise and instructive.”—Publishers Weekly
“Brazelton’s suggestions on communication, time management, and family life are genuinely helpful.”—Booklist

Advises parents on major family crises: divorce and stepparenting, infertility and adoption, life-threatening illness, etc.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pediatrician Brazelton, chief of the child development unit at Boston Children's Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School, is famed for his efforts to promote the welfare of children and parents. Drawn from the TV series based on his book, What Every Baby Knows , this guide focuses on the members of five families whose experiences readers follow from their initial consultations with Brazelton through succeeding visits. Parents and children describe steps in handling problems with the help of the author's compassionate and practical advice. Their stories show, for example, that caring for each other is the key to enduring crises caused by the death of a parent or child. Also covered in this wise and instructive book are infertility, disharmony in step-families, the suffering of family and patient when a six-year-old is stricken by leukemia. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Family Circle; Literary Guild alternate. June
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345344564
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/19/1990
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I The Cutler Family 5
Family History 8
The Involved Father 12
Office Visit 12
The Issues 14
Common Questions 21
Parental Rivalry 25
Office Visit 25
The Issues 29
Common Questions 32
Grandparenting 36
Office Visit 36
The Issues 40
Suggestions for Grandparents 42
Common Questions 46
The Cutler Family Revisited 52
II The Cooper Family 63
Family History 66
Loss of a Parent 68
Home Visit 68
The Issues 70
Common Questions 74
Fathering Alone 79
Office Visit 79
The Issues 87
Common Questions 91
The Cooper Family Revisited 97
III The Humphreys Family 103
Family History 106
Stepfamilies 108
Office Visit 108
The Issues 112
Common Questions 120
The Humphreys Family Revisited 124
IV The Mcclay Family 131
Family History 134
Illness in the Family 138
Office Visit 138
The Issues 142
Common Questions 149
Helping the Other Children Cope 155
Office Visit 155
The Issues 159
Common Questions 161
The Mcclay Family Revisited 166
V The O'Connell-Beder Family 181
Family History 184
Infertility 185
Office Visit 185
The Issues 188
Common Concerns 192
Adoption 197
Office Visit 197
The Issues 201
Common Questions 203
What Will My Child Be Like? 209
Office Visit 209
The Issues 214
Common Questions 218
The O'Connell-Beder Family Revisited 224
VI When to Seek Help 237
For Further Reading 244
Index 247
About the Author 251
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