Parenting: The Long Journey stands out in its approach to parenting in that it reinforces the view that parenting is primarily a relationship requiring a particular attitude and a series of skills readily available to parents. In this way it is both instructive and encouraging for parents in their respective day-to-day of parenting their children in a variety of family constellations and real life circumstances.
Although good advice for parents may be found in a variety of resources, Parenting: The Long Journey couples solid advice with encouraging words that can lead to an attitude and relationship approach that will last for the many years after the active parenting of children comes to a close and children enter into adulthood. This makes the material widely applicable to parents of every social class, family structure and education level.
The book offers guidance on approach in general which applies to a wide variety of parenting issues. The book includes plenty of real life examples and stories. The advice is non-judgmental and its philosophical approaches like "parents are experts on themselves" and "aim for better not perfect" make the book very inviting to those faced with the challenges of parenting in today's world.
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Foreword by Marilyn Denis.
Part I: Nine Keys to Phenomenal Parenting.
Chapter 1. The Parent as Expert.
Chapter 2. "Better".
Chapter 3. Modeling.
Chapter 4. Parent in Alliance, Not in Opposition.
Chapter 5. The Long View: See the Journey as a Long One.
Chapter 6. Parenting on Three Words a Day: Love and Limits.
Chapter 7. Yes, No, Maybe.
Chapter 8. Safety First.
Chapter 9. Communication.
Part II: What to Pack and Why.
Chapter 10. Plot Your Course: Pack a Map.
Chapter 11. Remember Your Goal Pack a Compass.
Chapter 12. Rejuvenate! Pack Booster Cables.
Chapter 13. You're Not Alone: Pack a Driver's Manual.
Chapter 14. Money Makes the Wheels Go Round: Pack Traveler's Check's.
Chapter 15. This One's for Everyone: Pack a Camera.
Chapter 16. Need Help Drawing the Line? Pack a Whistle.
Chapter 17. Computer Safety for All Ages: Pack an Electrical Adapter.
Chapter 18. Remembering to Remember: Pack a Scrapbook.
Chapter 19. Enjoy and Indulge: Pack Treats.
Part III: Lessons for The Long Journey.
Chapter 20. Read the Map and Teach Map-Reading: Raising Your Children to Be Independent.
Chapter 21. Drive the Car and Teach Driving: Encouraging and Integrating Feedback.
Chapter 22. Ride in the Passenger Seat: Encouraging Co-operation, Mutual Respect and Interdependence.
Chapter 23. When You Get There, the Trip Always Looks Better: A Proven Expert Strategy to Help You Keep Parenting Fun.
Chapter 24. Program First: Creative Solutions to Common Discipline Traps.
Chapter 25. Use Your Mirrors, Always: Understanding Patterns So You Can Spot the Problems Before They Happen.
Chapter 26. Consider Other Modes of Transportation: Different Parenting Styles You Can Adapt to Deal with Parenting Conundrums.
Chapter 27. Choosing by Elimination: Embrace Your Failures and Become a Better Parent.
Chapter 28. Book Adjoining Rooms, Regularly Keeping the Romance Alive—Seriously!
Chapter 29. Making Side Trips: Clever Tips for Keeping Your Life Spontaneous.
Chapter 30. Three Right-Hand Turns and We're Home: Peace of Mind in an Ever-Changing World.
Chapter 31. Take Your Hands Off the Horn: How to Stop Yelling, What's at Stake and How to Find Support.
Chapter 32. Friendly Advice About the Role of Friend.
Chapter 33. Changing the Tire and Calling the Auto Club:Realistic Decision-Making in the Age of Super Parents.
Conclusion: the end of the Book, Not the End of the Journey.
About the Author:
Joe Rich, (Toronto, Ontario Canada) is a Social Worker with a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto. He has practiced social work for over 20 years and has worked with couples, families, and individuals in a variety of counselling and counselling-related settings.
Although many know Joe Rich from his role as weekly guest therapist on the nationally syndicated television show CityLine, Joe has a been active in both providing counselling services, consultation and professional development for professionals for over 20 years.
Joe has been a guest lecturer at several academic settings including the University of Toronto (School of Graduate Studies; Continuing Education, and the Faculty of Social Work) and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.