Psych Central is proud to be the publisher of e-books on parenting and mental health topics. Tending the Family Heart Through the Holidays by Marie Hartwell-Walker Ed.D. is a book designed to help you successfully navigate the holidays with your family. And best yet -- it's available right now for immediate downloading for just $0.99!
We've collected and revised articles from Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker written over the years (and added some new ones) that speak to common issues and provide some practical ideas for negotiating the holiday season. At the very least, we can all learn better ways to cope. Taking better care of oneself through involvement in community activities and celebrations with friends can help the lonely feel a little less alone and those who are in challenging families feel less disappointed. At best we can actively nurture our family and add to its sense of warmth and home.
The heart of even the best of families deserves tending and care. With some thoughtfulness and attention, the heart of most families, like the Grinch's, can grow a size or two this year.
This collection of 31 essays and articles written over the years will provide you with down-to-earth tips and strategies you can use today to help improve your family time this holiday season. Includes a new introduction and epilogue written exclusively for this edition, as well 8 brand new essays; most of the remaining essays for this edition have also been updated.
Chapter 1: Holiday Traditions: An Expression of the Family Heart
Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker is licensed in Massachusetts as both a psychologist and marriage and family therapist and has been in practice for over 35 years. She began her career as a junior high school English teacher. At that time, there were no special education programs and no accommodations for children who found school challenging and so became challenging themselves. She found herself increasingly interested in those students and their families and went back to school at the University of Massachusetts for a masters degree and then a doctorate in psychological education. Still not satisfied that she knew what she needed to know to help families, she went on to the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago for another masters degree, this time in counseling.
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