Free Mother to Good Home
A Handbook & Survival Guide for Good Parents, Stepparents & Grandparents Who Find Themselves Underappreciated, Under-Loved, and Overwhelmed
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Have you heard the words, “I never dared to treat my parents the way kids do today”? If you are a baby boomer or the parent of a tween, teen, or adult child, not only have you heard those words, you may have uttered them yourself. If, in this new age of child–parent relations, you’ve ever felt like a helpless puppy or kitten inside a box marked “Free to Good Home,”—if, in spite of all your love and the care with which you embraced parenting, your child has grown into an entitled and thoughtless power broker in your relationship—read on.
Author Kay Taylor has studied sociology, parenting, blended families and personal growth for years; in this bold, groundbreaking book she explores the changes in our culture that she believes have given birth to what she describes as the E-generation—a generation of teens and young adults that feel so empowered and entitled that they often clash with their parents, creating a palpable power struggle within the family. This often leaves good parents alone, depressed, and completely befuddled as to what they did wrong.
Free Mother to Good Home comes from the heart and experiences of an everyday parent in the trenches. Taylor offers a mother’s perspective, as well as a remedy for parental blues, helping parents know what they can do to get their houses and their lives back in order.
Free Mother to Good Home Book Summary How often have you heard a friend, colleague, acquaintance or even a stranger say “I never would have gotten away with treating my parents the way kids do today!”? That statement is usually followed by a long list of the unpleasant yet memorable consequences the speaker suffered as a result of their childhood indiscretions. My guess is - if you have had occasion to hear such a rant, you probably nodded your head in agreement as you recalled your own childhood discretions and discipline. If you are a baby boomer, have a teenager or adult child of your own, more than likely, you have not only heard those words - You have whispered them yourself many times over, sometimes in the privacy of your own mind but always in utter disbelief, dismay and perhaps even bewilderment. If those words speak to you, or if, in this new age of parent-child relations, you’ve ever felt like the puppy or kitten you saw in a crate or box marked ‘FREE TO GOOD HOME’ - read on. If, in spite of all your love and the thoughtful effort and conscientiousness with which you’ve embraced your role as parent, your child has grown into an entitled and thoughtless power broker in your relationship, leaving you bewildered, sad, and wondering what you did wrong – it doesn’t matter whether you’re a mother, father, step-parent or grandparent - you are the parent this book was written for. Free Mother to Good Home is not written from the clinical, often sanitized perspective of an expert; it is real, visceral, and pulsing with life because it comes from the heart and experiences of one of our own, a parent – an everyday mother/single-parent/stepmother in the trenches. Aside from her firsthand experience and interview subjects, Ms. Taylor has studied and researched parenting dynamics, blended families and personal growth for decades and in this bold and groundbreaking book, examines and hypnotizes about the changes in our culture and subsequent parenting styles that have given birth to what Ms. Taylor describes as the E-generation. A generation of teens and young adults that feel so empowered and entitled that they often clash with their parents creating a palpable power struggle in the relationship. A struggle and paradigm shift which often leaves good moms, dads, step-parents and grandparents alone, depressed, and completely befuddled as to what they did wrong and what they can do to get their house and their life back in order. This book is written for the parents who did the very best job they knew how, but, by no fault of their own, surrendered their role as parent by becoming what Ms. Taylor refers as super pleasers, fixers, rescuers, and enablers in their child’s kingdom in order to feel accepted and loved, and now feel the weight of that indentured servitude. Certainly, the nightly news and newspaper headlines are awash with story after story about good parents who lost their children or grandchildren somewhere along the way, often with tragic results. The epidemic of entitlement and disrespectful, neglectful, abusive, and sometimes criminal behavior of many of today’s youth cries out for attention. Kay Taylor offers a mother’s point of view, as well as her own remedy for parental blues that is simple, yet insightful book.
Kay Taylor is in a unique position to understand human behavior and the inner-personal struggles and relationship dynamics and challenges that modern life and parenthood presents. Having lived with over a hundred foster children during her formative and teen years, and being forcibly married off at the age of sixteen and then raising two children alone while working two jobs and attending college, Ms. Taylor offers a unique and insightful view of what it’s like to be mother, working single parent, and stepmother to what she refers to as E-generation children (children who compete with their parents for power and control). Professionally, Ms. Taylor worked as a staff writer for a national magazine and later as a freelance writer for several newspapers, television, and commercial print media. After a successful career in corporate America later in her life, Ms. Taylor retired to Florida where she and her husband Neil enjoy boating, cycling, and time spent with family, friends, and their beloved dogs and parrot Kahlua, who Kay and Neil jokingly refer to as the only children they’ve had together. In Free Mother to Good Home, Kay Taylor speaks to new millennia challenges from a parent’s perspective, as well as from the place from which all human needs arise–the heart. And from that sacred place, she addresses the human need and desire to experience self awareness, self respect, and authentic love and connection.
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