Running a family is somewhat like managing a small company, complete with management and valued 'trainees' except that no one quits or gets fired, there are no unions or employment equity, and parents get no pay or time off. Apart from the general aim of providing a pleasant, nurturing environment in which individual company members can develop to their fullest potential, the goal of the family company is to coach and educate trainees to the point where they can leave to become managers in a company of their own. Many families run into problems when trainees, whether they be toddlers or teenagers, attempt to take over the company--in the form of a child in charge. Who's in Charge? provides an easy-to-read, troubleshooting approach for parents who wish to regain control and give themselves permission to parent.
Dr Maggie Mamen is a clinical psychologist who has worked with children of all ages and their families for over 20 years. Maggie's core belief in the importance of parents in the lives of their children is evident in her clinical work, her university teaching, her presentations to professional and parent groups across Canada and the US and in her books.