is hard. So is being a peacemaker in a violent world. It
Runs in the Family is a
book about how parents can create lasting and meaningful bulwarks
between their kids and the violence endemic in our culture. It posits
discipline without spanks or slaps or threats of violence, while
considering how to raise thoughtful, compassionate, fearless young
people committed to social and political change — without scaring,
hectoring or scarring them with all the wrongs in the world.
Frida Berrigan is a mother and
stepmother, wife and daughter. Her parents, Phil Berrigan and
Elizabeth McAlister, were a former priest and nun who became
nationwide icons for their prophetic witness against war and nuclear
weapons, which sometimes resulted in long jail sentences. Berrigan
grew up in the community they helped found, Jonah House in Baltimore,
and becoming a parent herself has forced her to come to terms with
her own upbringing in new ways.
Expanding on the stories in her
popular column for the website Waging Nonviolence,
Berrigan has crafted a welcome antidote to the various parenting fads
currently on offer from French moms and tiger moms and mean moms. She
offers a unique perspective on parenting that derives from hard work,
deep reflection, and lots of trial and error.