- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809223910
- ISBN-13: 978-0809223916
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,712,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Family Bond Paperback – September 1, 2000
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The Family Bond puts the fun in functional family. Offering quiet suggestions and thought-provoking stories in two-page vignettes, this little book is perfect reading during bus rides or lunch hours. Dr. Susan Smith Kuczmarksi's entertaining voice conjures up pictures of warm and enjoyable family life that seem easily achievable for everyone willing to practice patience and admit that parents learn as much from kids as kids do from their parents.
Each very short chapter focuses on a particular concept--always one that is gentle, positive, and generally humorous--and ends with a one-sentence summary. From "Parenting means sharing and appreciating the extraordinary magic of ordinary daily events" to "Let go and PLAY," these ideas emphasize the importance of open communication, laughter, and shared family experiences of all kinds. Her suggestion of an annual art project that everyone creates together is sure to result in some true family treasures, and her comparison of teenagers to toads (in a positive light) will have parents of teens giggling and rediscovering the joys that the teen years can bring to families. More serious family activities cover basics like division of everyday chores, along with great ideas on how to develop a code of family values that all members take an active role in creating. What the author has learned from her family is present on every page, and her personal experiences combined with her professional skills result in a book that's easily accessible and valuable for families everywhere. --Jill Lightner
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Top customer reviews
There are lots of "serious" books with big, serious ideas in them. And very little practicality. That's where this book really sparkles. It gives practical advice in a friendly, supportive tone that helps the oveworked parent cope with the everyday stresses and uncertainties of nurturing children and growing an adult relationship with a spouse.
By coupling her academic and professional expertise with her real-life, personal experience, the author gives the reader all sorts of practical insights into the potentially joyful day-to-day world of parenting.
Short, specific yet universal examples bring the challenges of day-to-day parenting to life. All of these are brought to a focus in a convenient, intelligent organization.
With the friendly tone of her writing and cartoons, she hits just the right attitude: sure, being a parent is deadly serious business, but it can and should be a lot of fun.
Anyone contemplating a family should buy this book.
Many times I've felt like my family has to be the only one that goes through certain phases or that we must be the silliest family on the planet, but this book reminded me that we are not alone and that many families share the similar experiences, dilemmas,warmth and funny times. I was pleased with myself when I realized that some of the tips Susan gives in the book, I've already introduced into my own family.
It made me smile, belly laugh and Moo like a Cow. After reading the last page on the train I couldn't wait to get home, leave everything else at the front door and embrace my family. Thank you Susan for reminding me of what's most important! Your "Family Bond" has won a place in my heart and on my mantle.