Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood

Being the Grownup: Love, Limits, and the Natural Authority of Parenthood

by Adelia Moore

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Overview

Children need adults to survive. This, despite the profound change our digital era has wrought on family life, remains the essence of parenthood. Being the Grownup: The Natural Authority of Parenthood begins not with what should be, but with what is: If you are a parent, it is your job to provide shelter and safety, to make decisions about education, childcare, health and nourishment, to create the habitat that is the context and crucible of family life. Being the Grownup helps parents translate their determination to care for and protect their children into the clarity they need to communicate authority with a firm confidence, whether for bedtime, screen-time or mealtime. Just as she would in a clinical conversation, the author shifts the focus away from disciplinary strategies and back to the core of parenthood, the relationship between parents and children as it evolves, moment-to-moment, from the dependence of infancy to the autonomy of young adulthood.

There are a host of reasons that contemporary parents might feel uneasy about embracing their natural authority. There have always been parents who doubted themselves, often blaming their children, who may seem determined to challenge every limit. If authority is natural, why is that so? Looking for the answer in the characteristics of developmental stages or parenting strategies often leaves parents frustrated, because being a parent is not something you do to a child but something you are with a child. Parental authority is not simply a matter of discipline with time-outs, or even skilled negotiation and conflict resolution. Parent and child are two human beings whose bodies and voices, experiences, perspectives and emotions shape their interactions with each other. Like everything else about relationships, it’s complicated.

Being the Grownup zeroes in on the core challenge for every parent, the hard work of building a relationship that combines trust and connection with confident authority children can feel and rely on. Relationships take time, and so does learning about relationships. Readers will not find bullet points or formulas. Instead, to more fully understand what happens moment to moment between parents and children, and what patterns between them may strengthen or undermine parents’ authority, my readers will find moments in the parent-child relationship examined from a variety of angles. Each chapter delves deep into a topic, including attachment, temperament, family systems theory and body language, making connections from theory and research to everyday family life.

No one book can tell you what to do in every situation with every child. There are simply too many variables. That's why it's important to know more about what to think about parenthood and the relationship you have with each of your children: Being the Grownup helps you do that.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984856060
Publisher: Adelia Moore
Publication date: 06/10/2019
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 213,551
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Adelia Moore, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in therapy with couples, parents of children of all ages, and families. She also works with young adults still working out relationships with their parents. Moore received her BA in English from Harvard, a master's degree in Child Development from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Moore has worked in diverse settings including a community health center, a homeless shelter, a children's hospital in Newington, CT, and private practice. She was an adjunct professor of psychology at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, St. Joseph's University, West Hartford, CT, and New York University. Moore's essays have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and HuffPost. She has four grown sons and five grandchildren. She lives in Manhattan and Upstate New York with her husband. Look for her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and at Adeliamoore.com

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: Before We Begin

Chapter One Love and Limits: What is Natural Authority?

Chapter Two You Are the Big Object: Relationship, Security and Connection

Chapter Three Habitat: How You Live

Chapter Four What Matters? Gaining Clarity About Your Values and Beliefs

Chapter Five A Web of Authority: Interdependent Relationships

Chapter Six Who Are You? Self, Emotion and Authority

Chapter Seven Particular Selves: Everyone is a Little Bit Different

Chapter Eight Being Together: The Rhythms of Everyday Life

Chapter Nine Human Thermostats: One Body Regulates the Other

Chapter Ten Moments of Authority: Where You Are and What You Say

Chapter Eleven Wet Towels: Being the Grownup

Endnotes

References

Index

Acknowledgments

About the Author

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