ERIC Number: ED161539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Ourselves and Our Children: A Book By and For Parents.
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Inc., MA.
This book probes the experience of parenthood, drawing heavily on anecdotal reports of parents' personal experiences and feelings interwoven with the authors' comments. Chapter 1 examines the pros and cons of having children; touches briefly on pregnancy, infertility, adoption, and stepparenthood; and looks at the issues involved in deciding whether to have more children. Chapters 2 through 5 deal with what parents' lives are like at various stages of parenthood: during their children's early years, middle years, teenage years, and years as adults. The last 4 chapters consider some special dimensions of parents' experiences and needs: (1) shared parenthood, in which two parents share the primary daily care of their children; (2) family life and the different forms that families take; (3) the social institutions and attitudes which affect parents and ways that some parents have worked for change; and (4) the kinds of help that parents need, ways they can help themselves and each other, and the various professional and lay resources to which parents can turn. A bibliography of recommended books on related topics is included. (JMB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Child Rearing, Family (Sociological Unit), Individual Development, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Parents, Quality of Life, Self Actualization, Social Change, Social Influences, Values
Random House, Inc., 201 East 50th Street, New York, New York 10022 (Hardcover, $12.95; Softcover, $6.95, plus $1.00 shipping)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Inc., MA.