Chapter 8. Balance with Children and Families: The Tightrope Gets Crowded

Nothing can upset your sense of balance during your day more than that call. Which one? Well, take your pick. The one in which your child's teacher delivers the news that your teenage daughter has neglected to turn in her science fair project and will receive a “D” for the semester. The one in which your child's day care teacher calls and says your daughter bit a playmate—or was on the receiving end of a bite and now has a big welt.

When you go home, more balance issues can arise. Your wife has promised the kids pizza and a video and you believe they need to hit the books. Your husband has handed your daughter 20 dollars for the movies again—when you told her she couldn't ...

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