Family Rules: Helping Stepfamilies and Single Parents Build Happy Homes

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Kensington Books, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 164 pages
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Parenting today is tougher than ever before. More than 60% of American families are divorced, repartnered, or single parent households. In 80% of couples, both partners work outside the home. Parents everywhere feel overwhelmed, and worse, so do their kids. "Family Rules" is an extraordinary book that will bring back an orderly, well-run household, where people are respectful and polite, share the housework, and actually enjoy being together!

The secret is straightforward, no-nonsense principles that make meals, bedtime, after school, leisure activities, and even the busiest mornings orderly, predictable, and manageable. This book incorporates essential lessons for making house rules work, including how to: set them up in your house; enforce rules the first time, and every time; establish them for kids shuttling between two households; use rules to make dinner special every night; know the ones that must never be broken -- especially by you; and more.

"Family Rules" not only provides the tools you need to create a happy, well-run family, but the parenting skills to develop character, self-discipline, and self-esteem in children. Easy to institute and easy to follow, "Family Rules" are the best way to bring stability and tranquillity to your home.

 

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Contents

Dont Let Guilt Run the Way You Parent
3
Dont Be a Pushover Parent
6
RULES FOR SUCCESS AS A PARENT
13
GoodPartnering Skills
19
Dont Fight in Front of the Children
25
Interact as a Family Play Board Games
31
Give the Gift of Structure to Your Family
37
Have a Vision of How You Would Like Your
39
Restaurant Behavior
88
How to Make Holidays Happy Days
94
Know the Rituals Surrounding Gift Giving
95
Blood Ties Versus Sexual Ties
101
The Passport Story
107
Learn to CoParent Its Good for Your
113
Explain the Divorce Give Kids
114
Be Aware That Recoupling Can Be Hazardous
120

Be Predictable and Consistent
52
Be Aware That the Tone of Voice You Use
53
Dont Encourage Excuses
66
Use the Family Rules Chart
70
The Good News
76
The Sixteen Steps of a Family Meal
82
Have Realistic Expectations
125
TOOLS FOR FAMILY 2000
135
Tools for Money Management
147
Tools for Constructing Your Vision of
159
About the Stepfamily Foundation 765
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Lofas is a therapist and the leading authority on divorce and step relationships.

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