Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-Up World

Putting Family First: Successful Strategies for Reclaiming Family Life in a Hurry-Up World

by William J. Doherty, Barbara Z. Carlson
     
 

The founders of a lauded family advocacy organization present a guide for reclaiming family life, even in the most hectic households.

In the past twenty years, children's free time has declined by twelve hours a week, time spent on structured sports activities has doubled, family dinners are down by a third, and the number of families taking vacations

Overview

The founders of a lauded family advocacy organization present a guide for reclaiming family life, even in the most hectic households.

In the past twenty years, children's free time has declined by twelve hours a week, time spent on structured sports activities has doubled, family dinners are down by a third, and the number of families taking vacations together has decreased by 28 percent. When William J. Doherty and Barbara Z. Carlson observed this trend in their own families and community, they took action and founded Family Life First, an organization committed to helping parents reclaim family time.

Doherty and Carlson offer realistic ways to regain valuable family connections and embark on more balanced, meaningful relationships at home. Drawing on their years of hands-on experience, they share tips for time-crunched parents on how to:

—get everyone to sit down for family meals

—make bedtime a meaningful end to the day

—plan family outings and vacations

—make time for your marriage

More than just a time-management manual, this book delves into the issues that lie at the heart of all family-related choices, revealing innovative ways to address scheduling conflicts, competitiveness, and the many other situations that cause daily angst. Offering a new perspective on a fraying institution, Putting Family First restores a sense of fulfillment, fun, and security to the family once again.

Editorial Reviews

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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. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805068382
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

William J. Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Center at the University of Minnesota and co-founder of Family Life First. He has been named one of the ten most innovative therapists in the United States by Utne Reader.

Barbara Z. Carlson is a community activist, the co-founder of Family Life First, and the mother of four children.

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