Healthy Parenting: An Empowering Guide for Adult Children

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In every family, parenting is filled with challenges as well as joys, and making the choice to become a parent means choosing both. But if you come from a troubled or dysfunctional family where you were emotionally or physically abused, you may wonder if you are really ready to parent children in a healthy way. The example set by your own parents taught you what you don't want for your children. How can you overcome this painful legacy and create what you do want: a stable, well-functioning home where your ...
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In every family, parenting is filled with challenges as well as joys, and making the choice to become a parent means choosing both. But if you come from a troubled or dysfunctional family where you were emotionally or physically abused, you may wonder if you are really ready to parent children in a healthy way. The example set by your own parents taught you what you don't want for your children. How can you overcome this painful legacy and create what you do want: a stable, well-functioning home where your children feel safe, valued, and loved? The good news is that dysfunctional patterns and troubled lives do not have to be handed down to the next generation. Janet G. Woititz has counseled families for more than 20 years. Now, in Healthy Parenting, she draws upon her vast practical experience as a therapist, mother, and best-selling author to bring you the support and guidance you seek in creating a safe, nurturing environment for your children. Clear, direct, and practical, Healthy Parenting contrasts what happens in a healthy family with what happens in an unhealthy family, enabling you to identify the trouble spots in your own background and to overcome them in dealing with your own children. Effective parenting, Woititz contends, emerges from being able to recognize how your upbringing influences the way you raise your children, and knowing how to keep what works and discard what doesn't. Writing with clarity and compassion, she explores the vital challenges every parent faces - issues such as understanding boundaries, tolerating feelings, responding to a crisis, and learning to emphasize love rather than shame in teaching or disciplining a child. Throughout Healthy Parenting, frank and clarifying examples of common parenting dilemmas and triumphs bring these matters into brilliant focus. When adult children of troubled families learn what normal parenting is and what it is not, great burdens can be lifted, healing can take place, and loving, secure childr

The bestselling author of Adult Children of Alcoholics provides compassionate, practical advice for adult children who are often overwhelmed by parenthood. Woititz discusses the impact a dysfunctional past has on current behavior and shows how to create an environment in which both parents and children feel safe, valued, and loved.

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The author of the widely acclaimed "Adult Children of Alcoholics" provides a parenting guide for adults raised in a wide variety of dysfunctional environments. According to Woititz, troubled families include not only those with abusive, chronically ill, or alcohol- or drug-addicted parents but also those adversely affected by divorce, death, or economic reversals. Adults exposed to damaging patterns of parenthood during the course of their own childhoods often unwittingly re-create these unwholesome patterns when dealing with their own children. In order for such adults to avoid this all-too-common pitfall as parents, they are taught to recognize hazardous modes of behavior and are offered reasonable tips and advice designed to enable them to overcome the past by establishing a healthy family climate in the present. Drawing on a wide variety of case histories, Woititz provides sensible and supportive counsel for troubled parents of all backgrounds. A high-caliber self-help manual.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671739485
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Pages: 224

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