GROW YOUR ROOTS ANYWHERE, ANYTIME by

GROW YOUR ROOTS ANYWHERE, ANYTIME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

No, not a Welcome Wagon handout: a job relocation handbook from two psychologists who operate something called Transition, Inc., to help families cope with company moves. The authors provide some checklists for determining exactly what benefits and hazards attach to each move; they don't support every change (sometimes, they feel, companies are being arbitrary in their requests and should be turned down), but they have ideas to share with those who do decide in favor of the move. Husbands are encouraged to see things from their wives' and children's perspectives: she is no longer the bride of 15 years ago, adventurous and eager to please; youngsters have roots and attachments that should not be downplayed or downgraded (predictably, talking things through comes up a big winner here). The emphasis is on emotional roots--severing and regenerating--rather than on practical tips for bundling up the furniture; but occasionally the authors ignore or smooth over harsh realities: they persist in the old-fashioned notion that women's jobs are frequently more supplemental than men's, and they too quickly assume that women's careers can be picked up in the new location. But in steering transplanted families toward new community involvements, in providing sample dialogues for breaking the ice, they have probably offered enough to give the traditional nuclear family a brand new start.

Pub Date: Sept. 19th, 1980
Publisher: Wyden-dist. by Atheneum