Book: Family Squeeze
Author: Phil Callaway
Studies conducted in North America show that almost 30% of women between 45 and 64 are supporting unmarried children and elderly parents at the same time. Phil shares his journey as a parent in the middle -- happily married with teenagers and senior-aged parents who needed his help. His humorous style and honest portrayal of life as a parent and child brings us right into his home and his life -- which isn't really very far from our own lives.
This book should come with a warning...do not read in public places! I know the man who sat across the aisle from me thought I was crazy. I started reading this book as I sat in the terminal waiting for a flight, and the people around me would secretly stare when I burst out laughing several different times. I think they were glad they didn't have to sit by me. Then, as I finished the book during the flight, there were several times where I started crying so hard I thought I'd never stop.
One sentence that seems to summarize Phil's advice closes out chapter 10:
"When it comes right down to it, the only way to face a crisis thatmakes any sense at all -- is together. And the only direction to face -- is up."
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You’re in the “Middle Ages”–sandwiched between the “greatest generation” and the “gimme” generations, busily juggling both with no relief in sight. Children are driving, and parents are not. Money is tight and so are your favorite jeans. And things that never ached before are beginning to give you trouble! For every baby boomer who wonders if it’s possible to navigate the Middle Ages with grace and style, Phil Callaway offers plenty of hope and a little hilarity, too. Because there’s nothing like a smile to make wrinkles less noticeable.
About the Author
Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” author, speaker, and television host Phil Callaway has written twenty books, many of them bestsellers and is a popular speaker at conferences, camps and marriage retreats, coaxing laughter and tears from audiences worldwide. Of his personal accomplishments he rates the following highest: shutting off the TV to listen to his children’s questions (twice), taking out the garbage without being told (once), and convincing his high school sweetheart Ramona to marry him (once).
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