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The Six Stages Of Parenthood Ellen Galinsky

The Six Stages Of Parenthood By Ellen Galinsky

The Six Stages Of Parenthood by Ellen Galinsky

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Few parents will be able to resist tracing their own "passages" with the help of this book, and all those who do will find new insight and enjoyment at each stage.

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The Six Stages Of Parenthood by Ellen Galinsky

Almost all books for parents focus on the way children develop. Ellen Galinsky, instead, writes about how parents develop. Drawing on the work in adult development of Erik Erikson and Daniel Levinson, she describes six distinct stages in the life of a parent: the image-making that occurs during pregnancy; the nurturing role that swallows parents up from birth through the first couple of years; the authority parents must develop as small children show independence; the interpretive stage when parents explain the world and their values to school-age children; the interdependent stage when teenagers challenge authority; and the departure years when parents let go and take stock of their accomplishments and failures.

About Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky has been on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education in New York City for over twenty years. She directs many national and international research projects there and is a consultant on child and adult development to day-care programs, corporations, and the media. She is the author of The New Extended Family, Family Matters in the Preschool Years, and Beginnings.

Table of Contents

The Image-Making Stage * Introduction * Accepting the Pregnancy * Preparing for Parenthood * Preparing for the Birth * Reconciling Ones Images of Birth with Reality * Facing the Feelings of Attachment * Redefining Relationships in the Early Years The Authority Stage * Developing Authority * Gaining Distance * Dealing with Sex Roles and Identity The Interpretive Stage * Interpreting Oneself as a Parent * Interpreting Ones Children to the Children * Separating and Connecting * Interpreting the World to the Children * Deciding How Involved to Be The Interdependent Stage * Adapting to a New Authority Relationship * Dealing with Sexuality * Accepting the Teenagers Identity * Forming New Bonds with the Almost-Grown Child The Departure Stage * Preparing for the Departure * Preparing for the Departure * Adapting to the Departure * Changing Images * Loosening Control * Taking Stock of Successes and Failures * Epilogue

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