A book review of 'The Joy of Letting Go' -Releasing your teen into real life in the big world.
How well prepared are your kids for the journey of life ahead?
As parents, we have become so adept at creating a safe, nurturing environment for our children, whether it's installing the latest, state-of-the-art car seat or stressing the importance of always riding a bike with a helmet to teaching stranger danger, that it's hard to pry our hands from the controls.
How can we learn to let go, bit by bit, in ways that will nurture and encourage our children's development, their confidence and their ability to increasingly stand on their own two feet without fracturing our relationship with them.
Letting go is a process and 'The Joy of Letting Go' shows us in small, manageable ways how we can navigate this process in ways that will enable both you and your child to thrive.
Vicki Caruana is an author of more than 70 articles and 13 books. She is also an experienced teacher, conference speaker, writer's mentor and frequent guest on radio and TV programs discussing education and parenting topics. And.. as a mother, she brings first-hand insights coupled with inspiration that overflows with real stories of families, mothers and kids. Their challenges long the road to mature confidence and independence will resonate with everyone.
More than that, Vicki's practical advice provides practical skills and direction for allowing your kids to move beyond the comfort zone of home and reach for what lies ahead.
Chapters in this easy-to-read book include topics like Telling the truth in love, First job frustrations, What's for dinner, and Milestones or millstones. The 52 short chapters are perfect for bite-sized daily reading. You might prefer to read one chapter per week and each reading's Thought Poke will provide incentive to do more than just read- but think through its application in your own family's life and take action, as well.
You'll read about allowing kids to make their own choices and live with the consequences, encouraging them to problem solve, developing college and career readiness and managing finances.
You will also be challenged yourself to choose words wisely and time-appropriately as you deal with your kids and teens, remembering that your actions speak louder than your words.
Is this a book for parents of teens? Yes.. but it's also a book for anyone with kids of any age. The journey towards independence is gradual and begins right now. Are you ready?
I only wish that this book had been written when my own kids were young. I'm sure these insights and advice would have helped me instigate many small but progressive steps that led my own children to confident independence. It would, I'm sure, have saved a lot of heartache.
Read more from Vicki Caruana
* Read 4-Day Reading Plan
* Vicki's blog- Apples & Chalkdust, where education and parenting collide and coincide
I would like to thank DavidCCook , NetGalley and Litfuse for providing me with the opportunity to read, and review, this book. (Copy provided for personal review through NetGalley.)
The Joy of Letting Go
'Releasing your teen into real life in the big world'
by Vicki Caruana
Publisher: David C Cook
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