From the Back Cover
"We may be the most child-sensitive generation of parents the world has ever known--and the most confused and insecure."
But it doesn't have to be that way.
We can be both sensitive and in charge.
William J. Doherty, Ph.D. shows you how. Take Back Your Kids is a timely, confidence-building book that backs up fresh insights with personal experience and advice you can rely on.
Take Back Your Kids shows how to protect children from the me-first, consumer culture by giving them the love and limits they need. I recommend this wonderful book without reservation. Laura Schlessinger Host of the "Dr. Laura Schlessinger Show" and author of Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives
Doherty is clearly a guy who has been around kids and parents. His stories are fresh and apt, his writing is clear and entertaining. His work helps harried and confused parents-which is all of us by now-raise well-adjusted, productive kids.
William J. Doherty's family places great value on time together. He grew up in a tight-knit Irish-American working class family where "family-time was the highest priority." And when Dohertys grown children were young he restricted his travel to emphasize the importance of family rituals.
A sought after public speaker, Doherty presents talks and workshops across the nation on family-life issues. Involved in many areas from developing family rituals to health care to ethics and morality to fatherhood research to taking back family time, his work "cuts across ideological lines."
He has published numerous academic papers, articles and books including Soul Searching: Why Psychotherapy Must Promote Moral Responsibility. Receiving widespread acclaim, Soul Searching was the stimulus for the creation of a national network of forums for practicing therapists challenging the mental health community for neglecting the values dimension of therapy. His most recent book, The Intentional Family, shows how families can use everyday rituals to improve the quality of their common life.
Doherty is a professor of family social science and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota. He also continues his practice as a marriage and family therapist--as he as done for the past 22 years.
He is the immediate past president of the National Council on Family Relations, the nations oldest family studies and family education organization, and is co-director of the Family Healthcare Coalition.
In 1992, Doherty was awarded the Significant Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Minnesotas McFarland Creative Teaching Award in 1990. In 1997, The Utne Reader named Doherty one of the 10 most visionary therapists in America.
Doherty received a degree in philosophy in 1968 from St. Pauls College, Washington, D.C., and a masters in theology in 1970. In 1974, he received a masters in child development and family relations from the University of Connecticut and obtained a Ph.D. in family studies in 1978.
Doherty lives with his wife Leah in Roseville, Minn. where they have their own connection ritual--a nightly meeting in their family hot tub to discuss the days events.