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Parents Are People Too: An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents [Kindle Edition]

Katherine Gordy Levine
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Book Description

Not happy being a parent? Blame the experts, after all they've been blaming you for the past forty years. Not only blaming you, but leading you astray with the myth of happiness.

Raising children has moments of wonder and joy, but it is not a ride on the happiness train. Expecting to be happy or to keep your child happy is expecting to climb Mount Everest in sneakers and running shorts while carrying a gorilla on your back.

Don't buy the happiness mantra. Don't sell it to your child. Instead work to keep fear, pain, and anger from owning you or your child. Learning to own your feelings takes work and in the end neither you or your child will live happily every after.

I refuse to promise happiness. I do promise less fear, less guilt, less shame, less anger. I promise you will fare better when life is hard, you will have greater contentment when life is good. I promise your child will fare better in good and bad times.

Katherine is not only a licensed therapist, former professor, and director of mental health crisis teams, she and her husband have cared for over three hundred foster children. Her suggestions are both clinically sound, but also based on practical experience. She knows what works and what does not work. Moreover, she is on the side of all parents.

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  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MetaPlume Corporation (September 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009D6O61Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one by KGLevine September 30, 2012
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I'm a grandparent now and care for my grandchildren off and on. Negative feelings try to corner me when I am caring for my grandchildren. I read the first edition of Parents Are People Too years ago. I am deligted it has been revised and published in Kindle form and equally delighted for this opportunity to praise it. Levine's Emotional Fitness Programs are practical, easy to practice and they work if you work them. She needs to write another book called Emotional Fitness Training for You, You, and You. Buy the book, learn the exercises, practice them, and your life will improve. I also follow her blog Emotional Fitness Training at [...]. She helps keep me sane.
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More About the Author

Parent advice from a mutant - a therapist and the world's most experienced parent; she cared for 366 teens needing short-term foster care.

Katherine Gordy Levine is a wife, mother, grandmother and one time foster mother. She and her husband offered short term care for teens in trouble with the law. She is also a licensed therapist.

Before becoming a foster parent, she directed the Social Service Department at Woman's Hospital in New York and then became an Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Following her years as a foster parent, she directed mental health crisis teams in the most poverty ridden areas of NYC. She also continued teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Smith College.

Katherine has spoken at close to 60 seminars, workshops and events. A sought after guest speaker she has spoken on topics such as family support, children's mental health, anger management, family violence, parenting, intervention, self care and emotional fitness. She has been a guest speaker with the Institute on Psychiatric Services American Psychiatric Association, American Public Health Association, NASW's Annual Conference, and she has spoken at universities across the country, from Portland to Washington.

She is the founder of Emotional Fitness Training, Inc. and describes herself as the C.E.O. and Jill of All for that company.


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