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Family for Life : How to Have Happy, Healthy Relationships with Your Adult Children Paperback – April 23, 2003

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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.

About the Author

Kathy Peel is best-selling author and founder and president of Family Manager, Inc. She is a contributing editor to Family Circle and writes regularly for many other magazines, such as American Profile. She has been a repeat guest on "Oprah" and has also appeared on "Today," "The Early Show," "Good Morning America," and CNN.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (April 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071407251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071407250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,570,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy Peel is CEO of Family Manager Inc., a company that trains women in the art of family management. She has written 21 books, selling more than 2 million copies. Her latest works are The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy, The Busy Mom's Guide to a Happy, Organized Home (winner of the 2009 Gold Mom's Choice Award) and Desperate Households. She is AOL's Kids & Family Coach, and she contributes to many publications, including FamilyFun, Parents, Woman's World, Family Circle, HomeLife, and ParentDish. A popular speaker and media personality with repeat appearances on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on July 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Parenting is a job that never ends, but it's a job that most of us signed up for willingly and joyfully. With Kathy Peel's advice and guidance in this new book, that joy can continue for many years to come as our children grow into adulthood. Family is for life, enjoy it while you can.
Drawing on her own 29 years of parenting experience, Peel offers 10 fact-filled chapters that offer insightful ideas, as well as helpful do's and don'ts that cover a wide range of topics.
Peel also includes quotes from her massive collection that deal with the varied circumstances faced in this unique situation. Two of my favorites are:
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." - Robert Frost.
"Be nice to your children. They will be the ones who choose your rest home." - Phyllis Diller.
Peel's final chapter, The Portable Mom: The Mother of All Resources, is perhaps the most helpful. She includes practical ideas for helping your children go off on their own, from finding reasonable insurance to how to manage their money. The list of supplies that someone moving out on their own for the first time is detailed, complete and incredibly helpful. I wish I had a list like this when I moved out for the first time.
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