Family First : Your Step-By-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family

Version: Abridged
Author: Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
Narrator: Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.
Genres: Relationships, Health & Wellness, Marriage & Family
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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Do you feel that your family is not what it used to be, or what it has the potential to be? Do you worry that the parenting decisions you're making today may be scarring your child for life? Do you sometimes feel you are in a tug-of-war with the world over who will shape your child's values and beliefs?

With Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family, Dr. Phil offers a new classic on family life -- and gives parents real answers and a plan for being the most positive and effective parents possible. Starting right now, you can begin to make realistic choices and take day-to-day actions that can make your family phenomenal. You must decide that you will lead your family with strength and love and that peace and joy are not just for the people next door or on TV. They're for your family.

In Family First, Dr. Phil gives it to parents straight: even in this fast-paced world your family should be the center of your life and your child's life. Parenting is the most important and noble act you will ever undertake, yet American families are threatened like never before from the inside as well as the outside -- many of us fight too much, don't get involved enough in our children's lives, or get bogged down in life's daily struggles instead of keeping our eye on the big picture of our family's well-being.

Dr. Phil has been working with families for over twenty-five years to help them repair the fissures that have fractured their home lives. In Family First, he provides a proven action plan to help parents determine the strengths and weaknesses of their parenting style. His 7 Tools for Purposeful Parenting cover the most important elements for any parent: parenting for success -- for the purpose of raising cooperative, caring, and competent children. Exercises, scripts, assessments, solutions for specific problems, and precise directions for implementing the steps you need to take are all included in this landmark work.

Dr. Phil shows parents how to make changes now -- how to put a stop to your children's tantrums; talk to them about peer pressure or self-esteem; instill values like integrity, honesty, and respect for other people; and bring order back to your house. If you want your child to have a happy, fulfilled life, you must open your eyes to the crucial role you play in his or her development.

Most important, Dr. Phil's new book offers you and your family hope -- for a phenomenal home life now, and a productive, fulfilling future for your children. As Dr. Phil says, you are not just raising children, you are also raising adults, and everything you do today impacts what kind of adult your child will become. You are building the future.

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Reviews (6)

Family First

Written by Michele on January 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book was not an educational book, it was Dr. Phil telling us what great parents he and his wife are. I felt like such a failure as a parent while reading this book. I couldn't even finish it.

Difficult to listen to but worth it

Written by Joe on August 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I can't really imagine that I would ever listen to or write a positive review about anyone as annoying as Dr. Phil. However, this book had some real practical and down to earth suggestions for putting your family first. There are no magic bullets here, just some really (often difficult to listen to because his voice is just terrible)good basic advice that everyone can use.

Family First

Written by Pamela Galvin on February 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I think Phil McGraw should have hired someone to read, his voice was very uninteresting and I found myself waiting for him to get to the piont, I didn't even attempt the secound cd set. I've seen him on tv and like him but not in this venue.

Family First: Your step by step guide for creating a phenomenal family

Written by Anonymous on October 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Provided me with ideas that I can use daily in parenting and as a wife. Very insightful book with realistic examples. I would recommend it for any parent. I am going to get the hard copy to refer back to.

Family First

Written by Anonymous on July 17th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book contains so much common sense I went out and bought the hardcopy as a reference to keep on hand. This mother of 2 recommends it!

Dr Phil, Family First

Written by TJR from FORT COLLINS, CO on December 30th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What can I say...Dr. Phil is always worth listening to.

Author Details

Author Details

McGraw, Ph.D., Phillip C.

"Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, known to millions the world over as ""Dr. Phil,"" is ""The Oprah Winfrey Show's"" resident expert on human behavior, a #1 New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Courtroom Sciences, Inc., the world's leading litigation consulting firm. Currently appearing before millions every Tuesday on ""The Oprah Winfrey Show,"" Dr. Phil plans to launch his own national Television show in the fall of 2002 in partnership with Harpo Productions, Paramount Television, and King World, Inc. Drawing on 25 years experience in psychology and human functioning, Dr. Phil deals with real issues that arise in the real world with his signature ""tell it like it is"" style.

In concert with his books and television work, Dr. Phil provides strategic guidance for millions of Americans through his monthly column in O, The Oprah Magazine. He is also one of the world's most sought after public speakers. As a professional psychologist, he has published numerous scholarly articles and has practiced in the fields of clinical psychology and behavioral medicine. Dr. Phil, an avid golfer, tennis player, scuba diver, and little league baseball coach, lives in Texas with Robin, his wife of 25 years, and their two sons, Jay and Jordan. Jay is the New York Times best-selling author of Life Strategies for Teens and Closing the Gap: A Strategy For Reconnecting Parents And Teens."

Mcgraw, Phil

"Dr. Phil" (Phillip C. McGraw, Ph.D.) is the host of America's number-one daytime talk show and is perhaps the most well-known expert in the field of psychology and human functioning in the world today. In his 16th year on television and his 11th year of the Dr. Phil show, he has devoted his international platform to delivering common sense information to individuals and families seeking to improve their lives. Passionately pursuing such topics as family functioning, domestic violence, anti-bullying, addiction and the myths of mental illness, he works tirelessly both on and off