By Michael J. Murphy
This number of brief funny and center warming tales written through psychologist-dad will make grandparents reminisce approximately parenting, remind mom and dad to treasure each one second with their young ones, and parents-to-be consider their very own youth.
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Laughter and weeping are intimately related and may even be slightly different forms of the same emotional release. Page 18 Many years ago, a few days after graduating from college, I was sitting around with some classmates cracking jokes before we said farewell to each other and took our separate directions in life. Suddenly, after a friend made a particularly riotous comment, my tears of hysterical laughter transformed ever so imperceptibly into tears of griefsobbing, gut-wrenching grief. The grief was well deserved, I can see now.
Oh, yes, he'd seen me angry lots of times. For that's what men domen get angry. They don't get sad, they get even, or they try to, anyway, and they usually end up farther behind than ever. The fact that the average man dies about seven years earlier than the average woman has stimulated research into the reasons for this discrepancy, resulting in the widespread belief that "Type A" personalitieshard-driving, ambitious achiever typesare at considerably increased risk of heart disease and early death.
Page 12 Chapter 4 No Easy Decisions The countless daily decisions parents make concerning their children are so complex, and so important, it is amazing anything ever gets done at all. Just the other morning I sent Isaac and Aaron on ahead of me to the car as I rushed around jamming cereal boxes into cabinets and tossing dirty dishes in the sink before driving them to school and myself to work. For three, maybe four minutes, they were alone. That, of course, was an opening for mayhem. I jumped into the car to discover a look of concern and guilt, respectively, on the two boys' faces.