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If you are stressed out with all the pressures of juggling work and family life then this is a book I'd highly recommend to you. Scott Gale tells the story of his own family crisis and what lead up to it with refreshing honesty and frankness. Through his own experience he helps you identify your own families 'core issues' without preaching to you, rather the book is written in such a way that it makes you feel as if you are having a conversation.
One of my favourite things about this If you are stressed out with all the pressures of juggling work and family life then this is a book I'd highly recommend to you. One of my favourite things about this book is that it believes in equality for all.
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I absolutely loved the idea that Scott had to work out 3 times a week to be able to sit down and watch football on Sundays. This book helps you set out incentives for not just the kids in the family but the parents and adults as well. I think this is the first parenting book I've ever read, and believe me I've read a lot over the 23 years of my own parenting, that includes the parents.
What a fantastic and exciting idea! This past weekend my pregnant daughter and her husband moved back into our home so that they can save money to buy a house. So we've gone from being a household of 5 to 7 overnight, with 5 of the household members being adults. Having not forgotten how difficult it was prior to them moving out at the beginning of this year I really wanted to avoid some of the 'issues' that we've had in the past. My main concern with living in a household of adults is that my youngest son is only 10 and it's so easy for his needs to be overlooked.
Reading this book has given me many ideas on how I can make this big adjustment work for our family. Whilst my family dynamic is completely different to the authors I have been able to get many ideas that will help my current situation. Honestly when I received this book for review I thought it would be a nice read but didn't really think I had anything to learn from it.
My household runs relatively smoothly without the need for yelling and only occasional stress, but I was wrong and have gained enormously from reading this book. I plan on reading it again this week and I've asked my daughter who is six months pregnant with her first child to read it. I highly recommend this wonderful book as I think every parent can gain something from it! View 1 comment. Jul 26, Jobiska Cindy rated it it was ok Shelves: parenting.
Let me first start off by saying the core idea of this book is a worthwhile one, and not something that is covered in other parenting materials I have read. I also appreciate the humor and honesty with which Gale approaches his work. Furthermore, I appreciate the importance he gives to process as well as product, and how he not only give lip service to process but actually explains process. That said, I did have issues with several elements of this book.
If this had been a final copy for which I had paid my own money, I would have been upset at the number of typos, however. Secondly, the book should have been tightened up. In fact, I even had to page back the second time I came across him explaining how he let the "First Attempt" at a constitution die a natural death, because I was wondering if I was experiencing deja vu! Saying something like "as I said before, I let the First Attempt die" in one sentence would have been one thing By the same token, there was too much emphasis on his soul-searching as he began to create the document.
I don't need to know what the weather was and how he came up with insights he couldn't tell his wife. Chapters upon chapters of lead-in without even referring to the fact that the current working edition of the Constitution is appendixed in the back was very frustrating. It's hard for me to keep reading about something in vague terms without seeing it. Finally I wised up and thought "hey, maybe it's an appendix! A chapter or so later, Gale finally refers the reader to the appendix.
Why not the first time he brings it up?
I also felt that the inclusion of both illustrations and to me not terribly funny cartoons by two different artists was overkill and somewhat confusing and frankly made me wonder if he felt he needed to pad the book. Finally, and this may relate somewhat to my issues, I felt there was some inflexibility in his view of what parenting is like across the board today and his view of how other parents discipline and guide their children. Let me note that I was at first worried that the Constitution itself would be too inflexible to meet the needs of many families; fortunately, when I finally got to read the document and the description of the amendment processes , I saw that that was not the case.
In describing "The Easy Way" of parenting otherwise known as permissive parenting , he recounts how after an impromptu clothes-on swimming expedition, a friends' son had what Gale seemed to view as a tantrum; I, personally, saw it as a meltdown. Gale doesn't say that this is a common MO for his friend's family--he just describes one incident. Maybe indeed the dad is overindulgent on a regular basis, but in the absence of that info, I really felt turned off by Gale using a real-life friend for how much longer, hmmm? It does leave me with a "well, if you saw me on an isolated occasion, you might judge my parenting too, but you'd be wrong I know I've listed a litany of complaints here, so I do want to go back and reiterate that with a litlte polishing and improvement of the structure, and perhaps a little attention to not generalizing about kids and parenting in general in the 21st century I know plenty of kids who don't act entitled!
One last thing and then I'll stop--Gale's habit of capitalizing a lot of things usually is okay not my style, but okay , but I couldn't help thinking of how SpongeBob Squarepants visited "Rock Bottom" near his home of Bikini Bottom, which then of course totally ruined the serious image Gale intended to portray! Oct 12, Sheree rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , own , read-in , reviews. Having read numerous parenting books and used a number of systems, strategies and techniques with varying degrees of success when my children were growing up I was very interested to see whether Your Family Constitution brought anything new to the table Sharing his family's experience with refreshing honesty and humour, and some very funny cartoons, Scott Gale details the makings of the family system that brought order to his chaotic family life.
Communication, Clarity, and Consistency in a Family
Your Fami Having read numerous parenting books and used a number of systems, strategies and techniques with varying degrees of success when my children were growing up I was very interested to see whether Your Family Constitution brought anything new to the table Your Family Constitution is no quick-fix, and kudos to Scott Gale for not making it out as such. Defining and implementing your own family constitution takes time and effort; an ability to self analyse, a period of family observation, and willingness of the entire family to make a commitment to the process.
It involves each member of the family; adult and child contributing ideas and opinions about family and individual goals, values, issues, boundaries, rewards and consequences but while everyone is entitled to their say, parents retain ultimate authority. The 3 C's mentioned in Your Family Constitution; clarity, consistency and commitment are a mainstay in many parenting handbooks I've read but this was the first that used these and other strategies to involve and validate all members of the family.
Actually this guidebook should be recommended reading for all parents but ideally it would be best implemented in families with young school age children through to teens. I did think that I may have missed the boat with this one as my boys are 18 and 16 but I found plenty of ideas relevant to my own family dynamics. This is a really good guidebook for bringing harmony to the battle zone and joy back to family time, yes it involves hard work, but anything worthwhile is worth working for.
As Scott Gale states "replicate my process, rather than my content Find the recipe that works best for your household. Aug 07, Kathy added it. Scott Gale's Family Constitution is a parenting book that isn't too preachy and is filled with examples from the author's own family life. What I liked about the author's approach was that right off the bat, he admits his own shortcomings and mistakes as a parent. I thought that was an effective approach to build credibility - he's been "in the trenches" so to speak, and has learned from his experience.
The idea of writing a constitution for your family and upholding to the rules detailed within Scott Gale's Family Constitution is a parenting book that isn't too preachy and is filled with examples from the author's own family life.
There are certainly some good tips about communication and how to incorporate your childrens' opinions into your parenting style that would apply for parents of children of any age. The only other comment I would make about this book is that the Constitution itself is in the back of the book - which I didn't realize until I had finished. I wish that the Constitution had been in the front, or at least near the front, so it could be referenced throughout.
It takes the author a while to even explain the Constitution concept. Jan 27, Reynard rated it liked it. I received the book through a program by Living Social. I chose and read it from the perspective of an adult who has been playing the children role for twenty years, and not a single day being a parent. That approach resembles exactly what I, as a kid, had always wished from my own father: a combina I received the book through a program by Living Social.
That approach resembles exactly what I, as a kid, had always wished from my own father: a combination of love, trust and respect. A family needs to be built on a firm foundation, a set of principles which all of its members agree to, respect, and adhere to.http://leondumoulin.nl/language/narrative/the-devil-wears-red.php
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A family, as a team with clear common goals, need sharing, trust, and team working in order to foster understanding, respect and happiness. I appreciate the author's sincerity and willingness to share his own family's adventures. The percentage of single-parent households has doubled in the last three decades, but that percentage tripled between and Stepfamilies are becoming more familiar in America.
Divorce rates are rising and the remarriage rate is rising as well, therefore, bringing two families together making step families.