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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Sorin Books; No Edition Stated edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189373207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893732070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Mary Pipher

About the Author

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.


More About the Author

Bill Doherty, PhD, is passionate about encouraging people to stand up and take back their communities, their health, their parenting skills, and their marriages. Dr. Doherty is Professor and Director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota, and a practicing marriage and family therapist. He is the author of numerous books for professionals and general readers, including Take Back Your Marriage, Second Edition, which promotes change through everyday rituals and community engagement. Married since 1971, he has two grown children and four grandchildren.

Learn more at DrBillDoherty.org and DohertyRelationshipInstitute.com.

The blog for this book is at TakeBackYourMarriage.com

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
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This is one of the most direct and honest books I've ever read about raising children in "turbulent times." The author, William Doherty, gives parents helpful, and sometimes shockng insights into how they have contributed to their children's self-centered, entitled attitudes. As the mother of three kids, I was surprised to see myself on so many pages. But Doherty doesn't stop there. He tells us how we can become more confident and secure parents in a me-centered society. His eleven strategies for expecting and getting respect from our children is indispensible and has already been used with positive results in my own family. Every chapter helped me to see more clearly as a parent and gave me the strength to stay firm with my children when it comes to their responsibility to family, school and society. Thank you, Mr. Doherty for giving me back my kids.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 2000
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I thought the book was excellent. As a single parent I feel this book will be a companion of mine as I raise my son. How important it is for our children to learn about respect for their parents and their family. I, too, am guilty of some of the mistakes the author mentioned in the book but am thankful that I now have a book to guide the way. We as parents, especially single parents have to get away from the guilt that we feel when we can't provide our children with everything they want. To teach a child respect is an invaluable gift every child should receive.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2003
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Let me share a short story about why this book made such good sense to me.
I have two friends, who I'll call Candace and Mary. Candace is the kind of mom who jumps every time her daughter says boo, no matter how demanding or rude the request. Mary, on the other hand, was less 'conscientious.' Her husband was, at times, downright gruff with their kids when they got obnoxious. I always assumed that Candace, because she worked so much harder, was the better mother. Then one day it hit me like a bolt of lightning: Candace's daughter was a whiny, unhappy little girl, whereas Mary's were much happier.
For some reason, many parents of my generation feel we must give our children our constant, undivided attention, must protect them from all forms of disappointment, and never, ever be angry with them. Doherty shows why that's a recipe for disaster. He looks at these misconceptions and gives good, sensible guidance. Probably one of the best parenting books I've ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Hawkins on July 25, 2000
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I wish someone had handed me this book before my first child was born. Dr. Doherty states what many child-rearing "experts" should say, but don't: it's good for kids to have limits, it's okay for parents to expect respect and other contributions to the family from children, and parents have to set the example in showing respect and love for each other and the kids, respect for the family, and an example of what they want their children to become. I can't wait for Dr. Doherty's forthcoming book, "Take Back Your Marriage." "The Intentional Family" is also wonderful and emphasizes the role of family traditions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AlvinRosenfeld on October 4, 2000
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This is a splendid book about how to stop hurrying your kids, focussing on all the wrong things, and getting back to solid parenting, paying attention to the values that matter. It is funny, intelligent, thoughtful, and a must read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly K. Wetzel-williams on June 26, 2001
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This book should be required reading for anyone who thinks he or she wants children. As a parent who feels like she's struggling upstream against a tide of other, more permissive parents, it was a relief to read a book that validates my own approach. As parents struggle to provide a multitude of opportunities for their children, we often lose sight of what our children really need to develop into responsible, caring adults. Dr. Doherty's book quickly sets out what our priorities should be and how we should accomplish them.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2001
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This is one of THE best parenting books out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Doherty. So insightful, so helpful. A must for all parents. Very easy to read, couldn't put it down, and will be refering to it time and time again through the years. I look so forward to reading his other books.
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