How to Embrace the Imperfections of Family Life


You love your family. There's no doubt about that. But sometimes, your family can get on your nerves. Because they know you so well, you know that their jokes carry a certain truth, and that their criticisms, however softly said, are well-founded. You sometimes want to get away from them, but you cannot bear to stray for too long. In your heart of hearts, you know that when push comes to shove, they will fight to the death for you. Do family relationships always have to be so extreme?

A new book by Michele S. Alignay, MA, Registered Guidance Counselor and Parenting, Relationship, and Family Life Specialist, promises to help you make family relationships run smoother and better.

In Family Goals: Embracing the Imperfections of Family Life, Alignay, who is a wife and mom of two, gives practical and wise lessons to assist you in confronting sticky issues and conflicts, increasing intimacy with your mate, and coping with everyday stress. She will also touch on crucial parenting issues, from sexuality to technology. Through the book, your family goals can go from OK to great!

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Here's what to expect from Family Goals: Embracing the Imperfections of Family Life:

#1 An intimate discussion on family life dynamics: Alignay takes a look at the factors crucial to the family relationship like family bonding, communication, understanding one’s past, family stage, emotions, family stress and crisis, and priorities and values.

#2 An honest take on marriage: All families are rooted in marriage. When the marriage suffers, so does the family. Alignay touches on such topics as accepting differences, managing changes, growing in the marriage, romance, understanding one’s roots, love and human sexuality.

#3 A practical guide on achieving family well-being: In the busyness of everyday life, it is great to have a healthy family environment to fall back on. Alignay put together topics on balancing family life, preventing relationship burn out, the value of play, and mindfulness to help you achieve sanctuary in your own home.

#4 A heartfelt discourse on parenting: Some of the the special topics to be given full examination include managing digital media use, dealing with boredom, crushes, relationships and sexuality, preparing kids for adolescence, and emotional health.

Family Goals: Embracing the Imperfections of Family Life is published by Shepherd's Voice Publications.