In this important book, Jesper Juul argues that today's families are at an exciting crossroads. The destructive values -- obedience, physical and emotional violence, and conformity -- that governed traditional hierarchical families are being transformed.
Instead we can choose to embrace a new set of values based on the assumption that families must be built not on authoritarian force or democratic tyranny but on dignity and reciprocity between parent and child. Children are competent to express their feelings from birth, and they are eager to cooperate. It is parents who must work to listen to and learn from their children. When our children's behavior makes us feel less than valuable, then it is almost always because we are. That is, prior to a conflict, we were unable to convert our loving feelings into loving behavior, our good intentions into fruitful interaction.
Juul is a renowned international authority on the family. Using examples from families in many different countries, he has written a book that challenges parents to see their years with their children as an exciting time of growth and development for the whole family.
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Jesper Juul, born in Denmark in 1948, is a family therapist. He is the director of the Kempler Institute of Scandinavia, a center for family therapy, and Family Counseling International in Croatia. He divides his time between Copenhagen and Zagreb.From Publishers Weekly:
"We often think and act as if our relationship with children is a one-way street on which the traffic flows from us to them," notes Danish family therapist Juul, who champions a brave new family dynamic in this thoughtful multicultural and multinational analysis. From birth, he contends, children are "fully humanDthat is, they are social, responsive, and empathic," and over the past 30 years, in particular, they have become "less fearful and respectful of authority." Far from interpreting this trend as a breakdown in traditional values, however, Juul sees it as a healthy progression. Tracing the evolution of the family from the totalitarian power structure that has been in place for centuries toward what he calls the "post-democratic family," in which each individual is taken seriously and "the quality of decision making is accorded more importance than the decision itself," Juul sees humanity at a crossroads. He describes a new structure that is less about power struggles and violence ("an insult to any person's integrityDincluding children's") and more about dialogue and the responsible use of power, as well as about a core concept of "equal dignity." Although the book is more of a social analysis, Juul's helpful ideas and guidelines for parents make for an inspiring how-to manual for anyone interested in creating families "in which every individual can grow and prosper." Placed along with other parenting titles, this book will find an empathetic readership. (Nov.)
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Descrizione libro Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. 1st Edition. Former library book. Mylar protector included. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 123530600
Descrizione libro Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Codice libro della libreria G0374527334I3N00
Descrizione libro Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. 1st Edition. Presents a set of values based on dignity and reciprocity between parent and child, emphasizing the need for parents to listen to and learn from their children. Piece(s) of the spine missing. Former library book. Mylar protector included. Solid binding. Ex-Library. Codice libro della libreria 123533119
Descrizione libro Farrar Straus Giroux 2001-03, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: good. 1 Amer ed. 0374527334. Codice libro della libreria 651852