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Book - Three-Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage,Work, and Family

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Old April 9th 04, 08:05 AM
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Default Book - Three-Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage,Work, and Family

April 2004
For more information, please contact:
Krista Rafanello
510.595.3664 ext. 334

Thirty moms and dads weigh in on making it all work ‹and knowing when to let
go in the name of sanity‹in the newly released Three-Ring Circus: How Real
Couples Balance Marriage, Work, and Family

Info, Discussions and Ordering:

Today¹s parents are supposed to enjoy the ³freedom² to have it
all‹high-powered careers, passionate partnerships, and brilliant
well-mannered children. That is the spin, at least, from those who have
never tried to balance the needs of bosses, spouses and those demanding
little people‹their children. Three-Ring Circus confronts the reality of
being working parents by addressing real working couples of different
ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds trying to make it all work.

³Only about one out of four families fits the traditional model of husband
as wage-earner and wife as homemaker.²*

In a time where ³traditional² roles of mom and dad are becoming
obsolete‹women are pursuing careers, men are becoming stay-at-home fathers,
and parents are trading night and day shifts‹Three-Ring Circus represents
the voice of modern parenting. From juggling breast-feeding and work
schedules to dealing with unexpected sick days and dissimilar approaches to
parenting to scheduling sex in Palm Pilots or planners, Three-Ring Circus
offers up a variety of real situations and honest stories.

A sometimes poignant and often funny collection of 30 first-person essays
written by both men and women, with a foreword by renowned child
psychiatrist, Dr. James Comer, Three-Ring Circus is a book by parents, for
parents, about parenting. Revealing all of the trials and tribulations as
well as joys of being working parents, Three-Ring Circus provides genuine
solutions to those looking for a realistic balance of work and family. It is
a comforting voice that provides guidance to couples struggling to keep it
all together, including their marriage, and it is a trustworthy companion
for those who just need a good laugh to get them through another day.

"What wonderful stories and what a wonderful book! Children need the
self-images that the parents in Three-Ring Circus have provided, a book in
which both parents tell their tales of the adjustments necessary to handle
the multi-tasking of their children's future, their marriage, and their
jobs."--T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

About the Editors:

Dawn Comer Jefferson spent two seasons as a writer on the hit CBS drama,
Judging Amy and was nominated for an Emmy Award for co-writing the animated
family film, Our Friend, Martin. She lives with her husband and their two
girls in Studio City, California.

Rosanne Welch is the author of The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and
Space and a full time television writer/producer. She lives with her husband
and with their son in Van Nuys, California.

How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work, and Family
Edited by Dawn Comer Jefferson and Rosanne Welch
Seal Press
May 2004
$14.95 / 288 pages
ISBN 1-58005-102-2

About Seal Press

Since its beginning as a small press in Seattle, Seal Press has had a long,
distinguished reputation for publishing books of incredible variety and
depth by women, for women. In 2001, Seal became an imprint of Avalon
Publishing Group, whose offices are located in New York and California.
While the Seal staff relishes their independent, Northwest roots, they
publish not only local authors¹ work but also fiction and nonfiction from
women across the globe.


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