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Raising a Family: Living on Planet Parenthood

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It's now time to turn your attention to an entirely new concept of family. . . .The new responsibility of children equals an exponential explosion of daily tasks: mounds of laundry, bushels of shopping for food and other stuff, preparing many meals for a diverse range of tastes, cleaning up after it all, chauffeuring people to and fro, planning events and schedules, maintaining the care of a pet or two. Then factor in time to yourself, time with your friends, romance with your partner, personal goals or ...
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Overview

It's now time to turn your attention to an entirely new concept of family. . . .The new responsibility of children equals an exponential explosion of daily tasks: mounds of laundry, bushels of shopping for food and other stuff, preparing many meals for a diverse range of tastes, cleaning up after it all, chauffeuring people to and fro, planning events and schedules, maintaining the care of a pet or two. Then factor in time to yourself, time with your friends, romance with your partner, personal goals or interests—how will you ever juggle all this? The key is to approach the family not as a set of separate individuals pulling in twelve different directions, but as members within a group who all really do want to arrive together at the same destination.The Eliums teach us how to distinguish between the service-oriented environment of work, where energy is focused on a single goal or outcome, and the care-oriented environment of family, where there are multiple issues that need attention. When faced with conflict you will learn to ask, "What does this group of people need, including me?"—a questioning process known as FamilyMind.

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Completing the Elium's parenting trilogy, this book teaches readers how to distinguish between the service-oriented environment of work and the care-oriented environment of family. The Eliums offer therapeutic know-how and contextual examples which help parents reconnect with and reunite their family in a way that will make everyone become happier, healthier, and more involved. 224 pp.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Eliums, family counselors and respected authors Raising a Son, LJ 6/1/92; Raising a Daughter, Celestial Arts, 1995, here discuss a concept they call the "family mind," wherein the needs of all family members are considered. Whereas their previous books focused on practical applications, this work is far more theoretical. With disturbing navet, the authors assume that all families have two parents with healthy, "normal" children; there is no mention of single parents, special-needs children, or extended families, including grandparents and stepparents. Libraries that do not have the Eliums' first two books should purchase them before considering this volume. Recommended for public libraries, with the reservations noted.A. Arro Smith, San Marcos P.L., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890878194
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

DON ELIUM is a marriage, family, and child counselor in private practice. He works extensively with men and women in recovery from the post-traumatic stress of childhood abuse with a special interest in healing the wounds of father/daughter relationships.
As a transpersonal education and workshop leader, JEANNE ELIUM challenges parents to put aside limiting stereotypes and gender roles in order to see their child through a wider lens. Both Jeanne and her husband Don are known for their powerful seminars that have brought healing to thousands of individuals and families.

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