Once Upon a Family: Read-aloud Stories and Activities that Nurture Healthy Kids

Front Cover
Viking, Jan 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 251 pages
0 Reviews
An innovative new approach to fostering emotional growth -- from birth to adolescence -- through storytelling

Once Upon a Family shows readers of Jim Trelease, Daniel Goleman, William Bennett, and Mary Pipher how to create a more spontaneous and rewarding family dynamic -- one that cuts through sterile precepts -- and "coaching" to engage a child's emerging emotions through the world of the imagination and build family closeness.

Here's a wealth of guidance on how to use both traditional tales and your own family stories to spark communication and help your kids cope with fear, anger, loss, competition, and intimacy. At the heart of each chapter, perfect for reading aloud, are stories from many cultures -- from Chinese to Tuscan to the Brothers Grimm -- that highlight familiar emotional challenges. "Family time" activities invite parents and children to actively participate -- relating the characters' dilemmas to their own experience -- in everyday intimate conversation and play. "Parent's Path" Exercises help parents uncover natural creative abilities in themselves. Resources such as listings of children's literature, videos and Internet links help parents steer their children toward rich, creative, realistic, and caring lives.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


uo Helping Your Child Face Fear
Healthy Aggression
int Helping Your Child Cope with Loss

3 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

Fitzpatrick is the mother of two young children.

Bibliographic information