Family for Life

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 23, 2003 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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When the kids you told to Grow up! really do...

Pat yourself on the back! You survived the harrowing sleepless nights nursing high fevers and waiting up for your kids to come home from their first date. The hard part is over, and now it's time to sit back, relax, and reap the rewards of those countless Saturday mornings spent at the soccer field. Right? Wrong! Parenting doesn't automatically stop on a child's eighteenth birthday. Learn how much (or how little) advice, emotional support, and financial backing to offer adult children.

Kathy Peel, best-selling author and founder of Family Manager, Inc., draws from her three decades of professional and personal experience to guide you in your "new" role as parents of grown children. She offers positive and practical ways to help your offspring become successful adults. Each chapter offers insightful ideas as well as helpful do's and don'ts. You'll learn how to:

  • Prepare kids to leave the nest and land on their feet
  • Give support without becoming a full-time parent again
  • Be a dreambuilder, not a dreambuster
  • Repair relationships with older children and show love in ways that matter
  • Make your home a magnet so older children want to come back to visit
  • Deal with difficult in-laws
  • Be a great grandmother
  • Keep your clan connected as it expands
  • Carve out time and space for yourself as you continue to care for others

Learn how to be a great mother for a lifetime with the sage advice found in Family for Life.


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Chapter 1 Build a Bridge Between Generations
Chapter 2 Prepare Kids Well for Life on Their Own
Chapter 3 Mend Broken Fences and Love in Ways that Matter
Chapter 4 Be a Dreambuilder Not a Dreambuster
Chapter 5 Keep the Porch Light On and the Home Fire Burning
Chapter 6 Keep Your Clan Connected
Chapter 7 How to Be a Really Great Grandparent
Chapter 8 Who Will Nurture the Nurturer?
Chapter 9 What Family Is All About
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Page 94 - Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.
Page 15 - When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
Page 80 - If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
Page 223 - I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Page 65 - Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
Page 27 - You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Page 53 - I suffer whenever I see that common sight of a parent or senior imposing his opinion and way of thinking and being on a young soul to which it is totally unfit.
Page 117 - However, if you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Page 3 - Making the decision to have a child is momentous . It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

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