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Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent Paperback – March 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736919414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736919418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie, "America's Remarriage Experts," are family counselors and authors whose focus and attention are on the post-divorce family—single parents, divorced adults, remarried couples, stepfamilies, and blended families. David and Lisa are the authors of 14 books and dozens of articles about marriage and family life. Their travels to speak, teach, counsel, and equip have taken them to all 50 states and more than 40 world nations.

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Customer Reviews

This book, I think, is a must read for any single parent, male or female.
Michelle Rominger
I found its overall tone very constructive, no-nonsense and useful which was also missing in many other books.
MaryEllen Bormett
I found it very subjective, and it doesn't relate to any single parent by choice or professionals.
Thelma A. Desouza

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on January 5, 2010
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I'm so grateful I bought this book. I had read the authors' book "Moving Forward After Divorce" [also excellent] and I picked this one up because I liked the first one so well.

My beloved husband of 15 years abandoned me about 7 months ago for his "online romance" and moved several states away, leaving me alone to raise our 6 young children. To say it has been traumatic and horrible is an understatement.

That is why I SO NEEDED this book.

The authors spend a lot of time talking about how we frame our lives and how our attitude shapes our children. In one section, they are discussing two different mothers - both of whom have been treated really badly by their Exes and left to raise children alone. One of the mothers is sad and talks a lot about the "tragedy" of their lives [and it was very tragic]. The other mother acknowledges the tragedy, but chooses to frame things positively ["We are a great family!" "Good Things Are Going To Happen To Us!"]. As I was reading the section, I remember being *angry* reading it because they were saying that the first mother was wrong to say the things she did, to frame their lives so negatively, etc. I was thinking "But she's RIGHT! LOOK what her husband did to them!". But as I read what David and Lisa had to say, I gradually realized that they were right - for the sake of the children, a positive mindset was essential.

It was a real turning point for me, and it has been of great benefit to my children - who have come through this amazingly happy and positive, which is astounding under the circumstances.

This whole book is full of absolutely *amazing* advice - as a single parent, you will find every chapter helpful - you will find help you may not even have realized you needed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on February 6, 2009
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Single parents seeking to find the answers and guidance to raising great kids can begin with this caring and insightful book with Christian values.

The authors embrace raising great kids with love, patience, understanding, and endurance. To guide you to this end, there are three parts to this easy-to-read-and-understand book.

The three parts are:

Part One: Finding your Way to a New You-Learning to care for yourself.

Much like making sure your oxygen mask is on, in an aircraft emergency, before trying to assist your child with their mask, this chapter focuses on your own faith, health and welfare so you can be there for your kids.

Networking, how to network and with whom, is noted as a mainstay to build your support system. This along with taking care of yourself, according the authors, will put you on solid footing.

Part Two: Helping Your Kids Adjust to Trauma and Change-Learning to Nurture Your Children.

Through the stories of parents who are "making the best of their situation," you'll discover how to communicate with your children, and understand how your children process their grief.

Part Three: Facing The Future-Learning to Manage Your New Life.

Relevant topics surface in this segment. Questions and answers about employment options, continuing education, financial realities, dating and relationships, are all covered with poignant stories from men and women learning to live life alone or with a new mate.

As an useful guide, you'll discover more about yourself and how to stay or become the parent you want to be for your child or children starting right now.

Armchair Interviews says: The husband-and-wife team presents an important message.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne L. Ward on June 16, 2010
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This book is an excellent resource for single parents who assumed their new role through choice,death or divorce. There is however, a strong emphasis on divorced single parents and the authors offer people the most help in this area.
Before the issue of parenting is addressed the authors focus on an often overlooked aspect of the new single parent - the need to take care of their own physical health ,including fitness,diet and they even recommend a nap when needed. Permission to nap-what could be better? In this mode of self care they highlight the most significant single issue for divorced people,which is to resolve your feelings about your former spouse in order to prevent the cruel situation which some children must endure -hostile rants by one parent about the other parent they love. In other words,how mature you are as a parent will determine how well adjusted your children will be in the future. If there is only going to be one adult in the home it sure needs to be a grown up one!
Part Two of this invaluable book for single parents addresses helping your children adjust to the changes in their life and how to parent your child at any age. The basic theme of this book is that you need to express your deep love and committment to your children on a regular basis. Everything else builds on this..Another theme is that good parents listen,learn and don't preach. Any parent,single or not, can learn a lot from this section.
There were times in reading this book that I felt that the religious emphasis was misleading. For example,the notion that some people do God's will by not re-marrying and waiting for a former spouse (often long re-married) to return flys in the face of the reality that a marriage contract in every sense is between two people.
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