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by Jeannette Lofas


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I bought "Family Rules" for a class I was taking (given by the author) on Stepfamilies. It is a book that sets healthy boundaries with parents behaving like parents allowing children to feel safe in their role as children. Once I started reading, it became apparent to me that the concepts in this book fit all families, step and non-step. We often joke that babies come without an operator's manual the same is true for families. This book offers ideas on how to creat a happy, well functioning family with healthy rules to live by and with. It is a book that sets healthy boundaries with parents behaving like parents allowing children to feel safe in their role as children

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book by Jeannette Lofas. Lofas incorporates lessons for making house rules work and shows how to establish guidelines and enforce them from the beginning.

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These days step families rarely resemble The Brady Bunch. Clashes over finances, discipline, and busy schedules can make everyone in the family feel stressed and anxious. In fact, building a happy stepfamily can take years

These days step families rarely resemble The Brady Bunch. If you are experiencing problems in your new stepfamily, know that you are not alone. When so many complicated feelings and relationships come into play, problems are inevitable. In fact, building a happy stepfamily can take years. Children must set their own pace in warming up to new stepparents and learning to trust them, so don't rush the process. It is critical to allow children a safe space to express difficult emotions, especially during times of stress, such as transitions from one home to another.

A candid and direct guide offers a wealth of principles for managing a successful household, including laying down the ground rules, enforcing these rules, establishing rules for kids divided between two households, and much more. Original.

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Abywis
As a new stepmother, I've read close to 20 books on stepfamilies, countless books on marriage, and quite a number on parenting. (Can you tell I'm a teacher?) This is one of my favorites, largely because it diverges from the standard "psychology and philosophy" to emphasize the nitty-gritty, practical daily realities of sharing life and household space with children, particularly children who aren't biologically your own.
Having taught 7th grade and become a pretty vocal fan of clear expectations and consequences, I found I agree with the vast majority of Ms. Lofas' "rules". She has a desperately-needed perspective that benevolent adults are supposed to be in charge of the family, and offers countless practical steps to accomplish things such as: dinnertime rituals, chores, bathroom habits, bedtime customs, manners, adults' bedroom privacy, showing gratitude, tone of voice in communication, not accepting excuses, etc.
Much of these are exactly the issues that have come up in conversation and required some resolution in our new family. (I genuinely believe this is a helpful book even for families that don't have the added layer of complexity that stepfamilies encounter.) These guidelines are designed to ensure respect, order, and healthy boundaries within families; and to develop responsible character in children. This is one of the few books that I am campaigning loudly for my husband to please read before the children come to live with us.
Cashoutmaster
I bought "Family Rules" for a class I was taking (given by the author) on Stepfamilies. Once I started reading, it became apparent to me that the concepts in this book fit all families, step and non-step. We often joke that babies come without an operator's manual the same is true for families. This book offers ideas on how to creat a happy, well functioning family with healthy rules to live by and with. It is a book that sets healthy boundaries with parents behaving like parents allowing children to feel safe in their role as children. If you are tired of having your children run the show you might want to read this book.
Uaha
I found this book to have some great points about how parents are in charge and children should not run the household. I believe that children need and want boundaries and limits to feel safe and loved. However, I found the author's tone to be overly strict and a little oppressive for the children.
Andriodtargeted
For women out there thinking about marrying a man with children, I would highly suggest you and your partner to read this book
Made-with-Love
very good information that parents can follow
Moogura
This is a very practical nuts & bolts book about how to structure single-parent and blended homes. The tone is a no-nonsense reminder that parents need to parent, not befriend, spoil or placate their kids. A good reminder for many of us, probably. However, the author's approach feels bossy to me. Experts rarely agree on any aspect of parenting; instead of acknowledging that, she'll just present her approach as the correct one. For example, on the fairly controversial subject of allowances, surprise, surprise: of the myriad approaches out there, the way *her* birth family administered allowances is the correct one! Another major turnoff for me was her discussion of bedtime rituals for her son, Lars. When he was between the ages of 5 and 10, she would go out (on the town, on dates, etc.,) after he went to sleep approximately three times/week. There is no mention of a baby sitter, baby monitor, or any other way to ensure his safety and security. After I read that, I had a hard time accepting this woman as an expert on *anything* I would recommend Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Two Homes for Your Child as a better book that covers everything this book purports to, and much more.
Keramar
I received "Family Rules" through a certification course I took with the author, Jeannette Lofas. As the author of a book to help stepmoms, The Stepmom Project: A 30-Day Personalized Journey for Stepmothers, I appreciate any practical resources to help with the actual day-to-day logistics of managing stepfamilies, and this book provides that! The author gives manageable tips on how to set and enforce family rules. I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to improve the harmony in their stepfamily home.
This is an excellant book. Jeanette Lofas, a therapist and stepmother of four stepdaughters presents the reasons and need for stepfamily guidelines. She also discusses how to apply and work on family rules in an interesting and straight forward manner. If you are having problems with household rules this book will definitely shed some light on the issue for you.
Family Rules: Helping Stepfamilies And Single Parents BuildHappy Homes: Helping Stepfamilies and Single Parents Build Happy Homes download epub
Family Relationships
Author: Jeannette Lofas
ISBN: 157566352X
Category: Parenting & Relationships
Subcategory: Family Relationships
Language: English
Publisher: Kensington (November 1, 1998)
Pages: 128 pages