What are Catholic parents to do when their children are in crisis? Good Parents, Tough Times suggests that parents need to focus on their own spiritual well-being as much as the behavior of the child. The authors draw parallels between the real-life struggles parents face today and those endured by the saints, showing that the qualities that enabled the saints to face great troubles—faith, hope, patience, serenity, and others—can sustain parents dealing with serious problems with their troubled kids. Ultimately, Catholic parents come to see how the saints’ virtues can strengthen resolve, temper anger, restore energy, and foster open and honest communication between parents and children.
Margaret Sagarese and Charlene C. Giannetti are the coauthors of numerous books, including Cliques (Broadway, 2001), Parenting 911 (Broadway, 1999), and The Roller-Coaster Years (Broadway, 1997).
Good Parents, Tough Times is a “support group between covers” for parents of kids in crisis.
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