9781558747470

Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul : 101 Stories of Loving, Learning and Parenting

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    9781558747470

  • ISBN10:

    1558747478

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-09-01
  • Publisher: Hci
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Summary

Certain to appeal to all parents-whether they are expecting or raising their first new addition, in-the-trenches veterans or empty-nesters- this delightful Chicken Soup book offers a collection of inspiring and entertaining stories that relate to the triumphs, tribulations, challenges and joys of raising a family. Chapters include: The Joys of Parenting; A Mother's Love; A Father's Love; Special Connections; Special Moments; Insights and Lessons; Overcoming Obstacles; Surviving Loss; Across The Generations; and Letting Go. With contributions from celebrity and "ordinary" parents alike, each story speaks to the range of emotions and experiences of all types of parents-single parents, foster parents, parents of adopted children, or part of a two-parent family with biological children. By sharing the personal experiences of others, this book will offer inspiration and advice to parents going through a difficult time; provide reassurance to those who worry that they're not living up to the Supermom or Superdad ideal; and share a wealth of experiences that show why being a parent is such a worthwhile and rewarding vocation. This book is a must-read for any parent or parent-to-be!

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xvii
Share with Us xix
1. THE JOYS OF PARENTING
The Pickle Jar
2(4)
A. W. Cobb
Geraniums of Love
6(2)
Harriet Xanthakos
The Tooth Fairy
8(2)
Elaine Decker
The Good Stuff
10(4)
Robert Fulghum
Let's Go Fly a Kite
14(3)
Robert Dixon as told to
Zan Gaudioso
My Second Birth
17(5)
Martha Beck
The Photograph Album
22(4)
Alvin Abram
The Spinner Plate
26(2)
Lori Broadfoot
Coffee Milk and Oreos
28(4)
Hunter S. Fulghum
Daddy
32(1)
Laurin Broadbent
Comic-Book Solomon
33(2)
Gary Lautens
Driving Me Crazy
35(4)
Beth Mullally
I'm Oka
39(3)
Rabona Gordon
2. A MOTHER'S LOVE
On Becoming a Stepmother
42(4)
Janie Emaus
The Other Mother
46(2)
Jewel Sanders
Daddy's Hair Is Red The Best of Bits & Pieces
48(1)
I Live with an Alien
49(3)
Janie Emaus
A Time for Love
52(3)
Noreen Wyper
When He Sleeps
55(3)
Josie Lauritsen
Defining Love
58(3)
Eileen Goltz
Housewife's Prayer
61(3)
Sheila Hammock Gosney
My Wife Doesn't ``Work''
64(3)
Gary Lautens
The Gift of Life
67(4)
Beryl Paintin
A Mother's Love Revealed
71(6)
Nicole Smith
Cyberstepmother
77(5)
Judy E. Carter
3. A FATHER'S LOVE
My Ray of Hope
82(4)
Robert Dixon as told to
Zan Gaudioso
Hidden Green Words
86(4)
Sarah J. Vogt with
Ron Vogt
Hey Son, I Love You, Too
90(3)
D. L. Stewart
My Dad Henry
93(4)
Peter Fonda
It Takes a Special Man to Fill a Stepfather's Shoes
97(3)
Beth Mullally
The Toaster
100(4)
Judy E. Carter
A Letter to the IRS
104(5)
Bob Mullen
Advice from the Groom's Dad
109(5)
Gary Lautens
4. SPECIAL CONNECTIONS
Against All Odds
114(4)
Elizabeth Enns
A Hundred and One Atlantic Nights
118(7)
Jan Meek with
Daniel Byles as told to
Janet Matthews
From the Heart
125(3)
Nancy McBee
The Navy's Baby
128(7)
Janet Matthews with
Dan Keenan
Embassy of Hope
135(3)
David Like
What Odds?
138(5)
Lou Ogston
The Bungee That Binds
143(5)
Mary Hiland
Joey Comes Home
148(6)
Cheryl Kierstead
5. SPECIAL MOMENTS
Something to Make Me Happy
154(3)
Sharon Palmer
A Father's Day Phone Call
157(5)
George Eyre Masters
Monsters Under the Bed
162(2)
Anne Metikosh
The Special Olympics Bits & Pieces
164(1)
Keeping the Magic
165(1)
Kittie Ellis
Love of a Child
166(2)
Brian Locke
Self-Esteem at Five
168(1)
Kathrine A. Barhydt
The Window
169(6)
C. J. Herrmann
``You're Having a Baby!''
175(2)
Louisa Godissart McQuillen
Welcome, Levi!
177(3)
Dawn
Tim Johnson
There Is So Much to Learn
180(8)
Leo Buscaglia
6. INSIGHTS AND LESSONS
True Generosity
188(3)
Elizabeth Cobb
Maya's Smile
191(3)
Susan Farr-Fahncke
I'm Not Your Slave
194(4)
Christie A. Hansen
The Millionaire
198(1)
William G. Wood
Teen Wisdom
199(2)
Margaret Hill
What Parents Say/What Parents Actually Mean
201(2)
Andy Skidmore
The Naked Patient
203(3)
James Dobson
Man Plans and God Laughs
206(4)
Hanoch McCarty
Message from a Guardian Angel
210(3)
Joe Tye
Daddy's Day
213(3)
Cheryl Costello-Forshey
I Believe in Angels
216(6)
Wendy Ann Lowden
7. OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
222(5)
Bobbi Bisserier
My Son, My Grandson
227(4)
Debbie Rikley
Tough Love Wins the Day
231(5)
Marina Tennyson as told to
Bill Holton
A Voice for Elizabeth
236(5)
David Zinman
My Daughter's Smile
241(6)
Lori Thomas as told to
Darlene Montgomery
A Heart in the Shadows
247(7)
Sharon Peerless
8. SURVIVING LOSS
Erin's Legacy of Love
254(6)
Douglas Kramp as told to
Darlene Montgomery
My Message
260(4)
M. Schneider as told to
Zan Gaudioso
Forgiveness
264(3)
Mary-Ann Joustra Borstad
Held in Our Hearts Forever
267(4)
Diane C. Nicholson
A Dolphin Wish Fulfilled
271(4)
Christy Chappelear Andrews
I Miss You Most at Christmas
275(5)
Andrea Warren
The Day My Daughter Died
280(3)
Marguerite Annen
Cori's Beads
283(4)
Chris Lloyd
Rachel's Gift
287(8)
Kevin Hann
9. LETTING GO
Watching Me Go
295(3)
Diane Tullson
The Video of Life
298(2)
Beverley Bolger Gordon
The Parting
300(2)
Doreen S. Austman
Dancing in the Street
302(1)
Raymond Aaron
The End of Childhood
303(4)
Ellyn L. Geisel
A Gift from Brandon
307(3)
Myrna Flood
Words That Bind
310(5)
David Zinman
Mapping Life's Journey on the Refrigerator Door
315(6)
Beth Mullally
10. ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
Bedtime Stories Across the Miles
321(2)
Ruth Ayers
Miriam's Umbrella
323(3)
Bill Petch
Grandma Meyer's Gift
326(4)
Paula Mathers as told to Bill Holton
From Mother to Daughter to Mother
330(16)
Barbara Bartocci
More Chicken Soup?
337(1)
Supporting Parents and Children of the World
338(4)
Who Is Jack Canfield?
342(1)
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?
343(1)
Who Is Kimberly Kirberger?
344(1)
Who Is Raymond Aaron?
345(1)
Contributors 346(13)
Permissions (continued) 359

Excerpts

The Pickle JarHis heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father. Will RogersAs far back as I can remember, the large pickle jar sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When Dad got ready for bed, he would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar. As a small boy I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty. Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled. I used to squat on the floor in front of the jar and admire the copper and silver circles that glinted like a pirate's treasure when the sun poured through the bedroom window. When the jar was filled, Dad would sit at the kitchen table and roll the coins before taking them to the bank. Taking the coins to the bank was always a big production. Stacked neatly in a small cardboard box, the coins were placed between Dad and me on the seat of his old truck. Each and every time, as we drove to the bank, Dad would look at me hopefully. "Those coins are going to keep you out of the textile mill, son. You're going to do better than me. This old mill town's not going to hold you back." Also, each and every time, as he slid the box of rolled coins across the counter at the bank toward the cashier, he would grin proudly. "These are for my son's college fund. He'll never work at the mill all his life like me. We would always celebrate each deposit by stopping for an ice cream cone. I always had chocolate. Dad always had vanilla. When the clerk at the ice cream parlor handed Dad his change, he would show me the few coins nestled in his palm. "When we get home, we'll start filling the jar again." He always let me drop the first coins into the empty jar. As they rattled around with a brief, happy jingle, we grinned at each other. "You'll get to college on pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters," he said. "But you'll get there. I'll see to that." The years passed, and I finished college and took a job in another town. Once, while visiting my parents, I used the phone in their bedroom and noticed that the pickle jar was gone. It had served its purpose and had been removed. A lump rose in my throat as I stared at the spot beside the dresser where the jar had always stood. My dad was a man of few words, and he never lectured me on the values of determination, perseverance and faith. The pickle jar had taught me all these virtues far more eloquently than the most flowery of words could have done. When I married, I told my wife Susan about the significant part the lowly pickle jar had played in my life. In my mind, it defined, more than anything else, how much my dad had loved me. No matter how rough things got at home, Dad continued to doggedly drop his coins into the jar. Even the summer when Dad got laid off from the mill, and Mama had to serve dried beans several

Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Parent's Soul: 101 Stories of Loving, Learning and Parenting by Jack L. Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Raymond Aaron
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