Running a family is somewhat like managing a small company, complete with management and valued "trainees," except that no one quits or gets fired, there are no unions or employment equity, and parents get no pay or time off. Apart from the general aim of providing a pleasant, nurturing environment in which individual company members can develop to their fullest potential, the goal of the family company is to coach and educate trainees to the point where they can leave to become managers in a company of their own.
Many families run into problems when trainees, whether they be toddlers or teens, attempt to take over the company -- in the form of a Child in Charge. Who's in Charge? provides an easy-to-read, troubleshooting approach for parents who wish to regain control and give themselves permission to parent.
About the Author
Maggie Mamen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in private practice, who specializes in working with children, adolescents and their families. Maggie was the first elected president of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is a dynamic, humourous and celebrated speaker, a popular columnist, and a frequent gues of radio and television shows across the country.