Great ideas and top tips for building a strong, functioning family from parenting gurus Ian and Mary Grant. Parenting skills that any family can use effectively, with excellent practical advice including smart strategies, action labs and chapter summaries.Children need to know the security of a family operating as a team and to experience being contributors not just takers. In this way children will know real intimacy and emotional safety. Whatever we parents honour or treat as sacred or special, our children will also honour, whether that is the TV, regular family times or sport. This book is a call to refocus on what it is to create a family, to look again at what we are honouring in the community we call our family, and to think about our ultimate goals for the individuals and their relationships. Growing Great Families covers the following topics: being a parent in the world we now inhabit; building the foundations; what makes a family into a community; moulding big personalities into a family; life-defining values; two pillars of great families - fun and communication; and moving from dependence to interdependence.