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Positive Parenting with a Plan (Grades K-12): F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules Paperback – December 31, 2002
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"An absence of structure afflicts a vast number of contemporary American families. There are many sources of this dreadful phenomenon including substance abuse, mental illness, divorce, illegitimacy, financial pressures, and moral inadequacy, to name just a few. Whatever the primary sources of the lack of family structure may be, the absence of structure itself invariably leads the family further down the spiral of despair, dysfunction, disease and delinquency. Dr. Matthew A. Johnson ("Dr. J.") and his F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules parenting system offer a powerful alternative to family chaos. F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules presents a solid and coherent structure for families in need. In this book, he first presents a philosophical and intellectual framework for F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules and then presents the system itself in an absolutely clear and straightforward manner. F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules is a product of who and what "Dr. J." himself is, a child of a family with problems, an outstanding competitive athlete, a dedicated and highly trained professional, and a man of strong conviction who practices what he believes. While F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules is highly structured, it is not rigid. Within the structure is plenty of room for individuality and creativity just as the rules of basketball leave room for the individuality and creativity of a Michael Jordan or a Dr. J. Families who understand and correctly and consistently implement F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules will be protected from many of the most pernicious ills of our time. I am pleased to recommend F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules." --Hillel I. Swiller, MD, FAPA, FAGPA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry , Mount Sinai School of Medicine , New York, New York
"Raising healthy, responsible, contented children is a challenge! Most parents grew up with little experience in child rearing, then suddenly find themselves responsible for the 24-hour care of a precious little one who eats, sleeps, breathes, and acts in ways which alternately delight and frustrate. In a simple, direct, light-hearted, and principled way, Dr. Johnson s book, F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules, provides a practical instruction manual for helpfully dealing with the inevitable challenges of parenting." --Rodger K. Bufford, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Integration, Graduate School of Clinical Psychology, George Fox University
"I spend a great deal of time working with AT RISK children and their families. I have observed that organization and structure helps to greatly improve the family environment. Dr. Johnson s book, F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules, helps parents to restore responsibility and respect in their homes. Children and adolescents learn to obey their parents and other authority figures at school, church, and in their community. Everyone learns to communicate their expectations and friendships develop as a result. The whole family wins with F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules!" --Mark Eaton, Former All-Star Center, Utah Jazz
About the Author
Dr. Matthew A. Johnson ("Dr. J.") is the founder and president of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules, Inc. He is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. J. has been working in the mental health profession since 1982. He has a private practice with an office in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Dr. Johnson moved to Alaska in 1980 to attend the University of Alaska at Anchorage on a full-ride basketball scholarship. He is a pretty tall guy (6'9") with a sense of humor to match. He scored his first two collegiate points against North Carolina in the Great Alaska Shootout on ESPN. Also, he got half of his picture in Sports Illustrated (his silly teammate was in the way of the other half). He is married has four children - Levi, Hannah, Micah, and Grady. They also have two dogs and one cat.
Dr. Johnson loves his parents very much! Nevertheless, he grew up in a dysfunctional family and understands how the lack of organization, structure, accountability, and communication can lead to marital and family chaos in the home. He has worked with similar families in various treatment settings and has established F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules, Inc. to combat the cancer of dysfunctional families.
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The author is quite proud of himself, which can be a little tough to take, and I don't think we'll go for the whole program, but these ideas particularly strike me:
l. Parenting is a benevolent dictatorship, not a democracy. Invite kids input. You decide.
2. Clear Family Rules/expectations are helpful. Several useful & extended examples given.
3. Credits for Random Act of Kindness, helpfulness, etc.
4. Chores & contributions made clear.
5. Parents held to same rules as kids -- requirements for 10 year olds, 16 year olds & 40 year olds may differ.
6. You keep track of where you are, and that helps.
Worth checking out.