What does it mean to be a parent? How do you become a family? How can you cherish the couple relationship and parenthood at the same time? The book Living as Parents is intended as a contrast to the myth of perfect parenting and the happy family that has prevailed in recent decades; a myth that contributes to parents not sharing concerns and thoughts about parenting and family. People do not want to outwardly show concerns or difficulties in their parenting, which means that as a parent, you can feel lonely and unsuccessful when your own experiences do not match expectations.
Another significant challenge in building a family is relating to one’s own family of origin, what one brings with them, and how to handle the older generation’s insight and influence. How can you create your own family with your own traditions?
The book is spiced with many examples that create recognition, and by not providing ready-made answers or preaching, the reader is given the opportunity to reflect on how they would act in different situations. The content is aimed at both men and women and is based on the premise that parents, regardless of gender, are equally important to their child.