Research has shown that the primary cause of divorce is incompatibility. In Help Your Child Make Friends and Be a Friend: Nurturing Lifetime Relationships, family counselor Dr. Richard Brown shows that children who know how to choose truly compatible friends have an excellent chance of someday selecting a compatible lifelong marriage partner.
Beginning with an exercise that identifies parents' and children's unique personality skills and needs, Dr. Brown examines the psychological changes children experience as they move through elementary and high school. He gives special attention to helping teens understand and intelligently cope with falling-in-love experiences.
But marital success is about more than finding a compatible partner. Personality differences arise in every relationship, and Dr. Brown shows how to handle them with four behaviors modeled by Jesus: servanthood, use of the intellect, speaking out, and forgiveness.
Help Your Child Make Friends and Be a Friend is an invaluable resource faith-filled parents will turn to again and again as they help their children navigate the journey to adulthood.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Building Lifelong Relationships 9
Chapter 2 Identifying Your Unique Strengths and Needs As a Parent 20
Chapter 3 Identifying Your Child's Strengths and Needs 34
Chapter 4 Helping Your Child Choose Compatible Friends 49
Chapter 5 Falling in Love: Helping Teens Make Smart Decisions 65
Chapter 6 Further Helps for Living a Committed Christian Marriage 81
Chapter 7 Choosing Compatible Careers 92
Chapter 8 Nurturing Gospel Behaviors 103
Chapter 9 Practical Applications in Training for Positive Relationships 117