Summary: From raising children to getting along with in-laws, what do people with close and loving families do differently than those with strained or unfulfilling relationships?
Edition/Copyright:04 Cover: Paperback Publisher:HarperSanFrancisco Published: 04/13/2004 International: No
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1. Be a Good Friend 2. Family Makes a New You 3. Take Strength from Your Focus 4. There Are Second Chances 5. Find a Community That Fits Your Family 6. Believe in Yourself to Help Your Family 7. Saying Nothing Says Something 8. We Make Our Own Family Success 9. Dedication Matters More than Occupation 10. It's OK to Be Right When Everyone Else Is Wrong 11. Let Your Goals Live with You 12. Tell Your Family Story 13. Don't Hide from Your Family 14. You Define a Child Every Day 15. Listen Without Judgment 16. Closeness Cannot Be Measured on a Map 17. Live Your Views 18. Parents Are Foundations Not Walls 19. Make "Should" and "Want" the Same Thing 20. Adjustments Never End 21. Express Your Love 22. The Bright Side Shines Through 23. Forgiveness Depends on More Than the Apology 24. Fatigue Is a Family Enemy 25. Jealousy Is Automatic 26. Encourage Persistence Not Desperation 27. It's Better to Be Fair Than Right 28. Every Number Has Challenges 29. Think of Your Family When You Don't Have To 30. Don't Let Negativity Build 31. Recognize Pleasant Stress 32. There's No Price Tag on Family Life 33. Calm Questions Get Answers 34. Family Life Teaches Us About Relationships 35. What You See Isn't Always There 36. Don't Enter a Generational Competition 37. Expectations Must Fit the Person 38. Don't Obsess over Birth Order 39. Show Up on Time 40. Communication Brings Us Closer 41. Every Person Is in a Different Relationship 42. Satisfaction Depends on Where You Look 43. It's Not a Popularity Contest 44. Cherish Traditions 45. Work on Your Own Terms 46. Encourage, but Don't Require, Activities 47. Caregiving Is Personal 48. You Can't Be the Family Gatekeeper 49. It Doesn't Matter Who Earns the Money 50. All Talk Is Not Equal 51. What You Send Out Comes Back to You 52. The Next Generation Will Define Family for Itself 53. Share Your Struggles 54. Beware of Clothing Disasters 55. Competition Breeds Loss 56. Do One Thing at a Time 57. You Will See the Same Things Differently 58. Strictness Can Last a Lifetime 59. The In-Laws Are Not the Enemy 60. Share the Housework 61. Write Down Your Thoughts 62. Pets Are Family Too 63. Take Comfort from Routines 64. Tempers Must Be Controlled 65. Illness Can Have Multiple Victims 66. Not Every Piece Will Fit 67. Use Food Positively 68. Self-Doubt Magnifies Family Problems 69. Children Need More Than Parents 70. Rigidity Isolates 71. The More You Give, the More You Will Believe in Yourself 72. Don't Stay Together at All Costs 73. Too Much Protection Is a Threat 74. Experience Helps but Shouldn't Dictate 75. Low Expectations Are Not a Family Solution 76. Emotions Last Longer Than Events 77. Even the Dependent Need Some Independence 78. Another View Is a Strength, Not a Weakness 79. Distress Is Contagious 80. Family Affects All Aspects of Our Lives 81. Generations to Come Make Us Feel Young Again 82. Everybody Must Contribute to the Work of Family Life 83. Be Real 84. The Young and Old Want the Same Thing 85. It Will Be a Family of the World 86. The Most Important Inheritance Is Love 87. Disagree with Each Other, Not Against Each Other 88. Don't Do Everything Together 89. Beware of Television Extremes 90. See the Big Picture 91. Give Yourself--Nothing Else Really Matters 92. It's Somewhere Between Easy and Impossible 93. Everything Is Relative 94. Make What's Real into What's Ideal 95. It's Always a Choice 96. Everyone Is Equal but Different 97. Continue 98. We Seek Warmth 99. Can You Do It? Ask Yourself 100. You Make Your Family
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