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Description - Connecting with Our Children by Roberta M. Gilbert

Parents want a special relationship with their children Parents care. They want to guide their children through the rough spots in life and help them make the right decisions. Research shows that a special parental connection is extremely important in safeguarding children against dangers such as substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, criminal activity, and suicide. This is more important than ever before in today's troubled world. But what does making this connection mean? Based on Bowen family systems theory, Connecting with Our Children shows parents how to build the connection found in better relationships. Now parents have a new way to think about and respond to family problems. The author examines common concerns, such as: How substance abuse can repeat through generations Why fusions between family members drive conflict How family anxiety can erupt into violence Whether stepfamilies can create a new family unit What roles faith and humor play in a family How effective are special contributions made by connections with grandparents Numerous practical examples and stories illustrate familiar situations and concerns, so that parents can learn how to deal with the often confusing situations surrounding their children, as well as those within their own lives. With a different perspective, parents can learn to overcome these difficulties, creating a stronger family and a happier, more open relationship between parent and child.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780471347866
ISBN-10: 0471347868
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 143mm x 16mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Roberta M. Gilbert

ROBERTA M. GILBERT, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice and on the faculty of the Georgetown Family Center. She is a noted expert in the innovative family systems theory pioneered by the late Dr. Murray Bowen. She is the author of the widely acclaimed Extraordinary Relationships (Wiley).