The ABCs of Real Family Values: The Simple Thing That Make Families Work

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An inspiring primer for parents on the basic and forgotten values children learn at home

The contemporary family does not look exactly like it did fifty or a hundred years ago. Along the way it has become a little stretched and worn, patched and remodeled in ways that have changed its appearance but not its purpose -- to guide children from infancy to moral self-sufficiency. Parents are doing their best to navigate -- lead, follow, push, drag -- their children safely across the busy streets of modem life and learn a few lessons along the way themselves.

The ABCs of Real Family Values offers inspiring, entertaining, and personal stories on values that keep children anchored and hold the family together. Formatted on the model of children's books of ABCs, this guide contains a collection of 52 essays, arranged alphabetically, on the following topics: Affection, Discipline, Fidelity, Humor, Manners, Obligations, Resilience, Tradition, and much more.
-- Inspiring and accessible as the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, wise and simple as Life's Little Instruction books.
-- The ABCs of Real Family Values is an anecdotal book with a positive, reaffirming message, celebrating the triumph of the contemporary family, not its disintegration.
-- Includes meaningful quotes on parenting from prominent literary and cultural sources.

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About the author (1998)

Steven Lewis is the author of Zen and the Art of Fatherhood (Plume 1997). He who contributes columns and articles on family issues to national newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Parenting. A father of seven children and a grandfather of one, he is a professor of English and Literature at Empire State College in New Paltz, New York.

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