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  • Published: 28 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742753850
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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Growing Great Families




Great ideas and top tips for building a strong, functioning family.

Great ideas and top tips for building a strong, functioning family.

Ian and Mary Grant have studied the keys to healthy functioning and fun-filled families through years of teaching parenting throughout NZ and Australia. They believe that 'family is everything' and emphasise that a family is a community and that this is the key to growing great families.

Children need to know the security of a family operating as a team and receive the joy in their everyday experience of being contributors, not just takers. In this way children will experience real intimacy and emotional safety. Whatever we parents honour or treat as sacred or special, our children will also honour, whether that is the TV, regular family times or sport. Consequently this book is a call to refocus on what it is to create a family, to look again at what we are honouring in the little community we call our family, and to think about our ultimate goals for the individuals and their relationships.

Growing Great Families covers the following topics: being a parent in the world we now inhabit; building the foundations; what makes a family into a community; moulding big personalities into a family; life-defining values; two pillars of great families - fun and communication; and moving from dependence to interdependence.

Once again these successful authors offer us great parenting skills that any family can use effectively, with great practical advice - including smart strategies, action labs and chapter summaries.

  • Pub date: 28 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742753850
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Authors

Ian Grant

Ian Grant is one of New Zealand's best-known parenting experts. With his wife Mary, he runs Parents Inc., which hosts parenting seminars and programmes. Married for 42 years, they have three adult children, five grandsons and three granddaughters.

Mary Grant

Mary Grant is one of New Zealand's best-known parenting experts. With her husband Ian, she runs Parents Inc., which hosts parenting seminars and programmes. Married for 42 years, they have three adult children, five grandsons and three granddaughters.

Ian Grant and Mary Grant are high-profile parenting and relationship gurus in New Zealand who have written a series of bestselling parenting books, including Growing Great Boys,Growing Great Girls, Growing Great Marriages,Growing Great Families, Communicate andFathers Who Dare Win. They are the founders of Parents Inc. (now called the parentingplace.com), speak at seminars and have had long careers as media stars on television and radio.
Mary founded faith4families org; while Ian founded fatherswhodarewin.com (‘giving fatherhood a better name’). For their work with youth and families, Mary has been awarded the Queen’s Medal, and Ian the Queen’s Service Order. In 2013, Ian was named Senior New Zealander of the Year.
The Grants have a Christian background, and were founders of Youth for Christ and the Campus Life clubs. They believe that parents each have their own distinctive role to play, and that many of society’s problems can be traced back to the absence of strong loving relationships between many parents and their children. Going against the tide of ‘political correctness’, they advocate that men parent like men, becoming good role models for manliness in their children’s lives — following traditions of being providers and protectors, heroes and sportsmen, as well as mentors and confidants.
While anger and aggression should be controlled, men should still parent in the ways that come naturally them — with physical interaction and risk-taking. Similarly, they believe that the innate qualities of boys and their behaviour should be encouraged and channelled positively, rather than suppressed in today’s PC environment.
Their road-shows are marked by humour and practical strategies for dealing with everyday parenting situations.
Reviewers have identified the Grants approach as threefold: to inspire, share wisdom, and encourage.


Praise for Growing Great Families

“Some of the concepts are grand, but this is a user-friendly read.”

Sarah Hudson, Weekly Times


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