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Grow the Tree You Got: & 99 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Adolescents and Teenagers Paperback – May 5, 2011


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (May 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428601
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tom is a great dad. This is a great book."
—Shaquille O'Neal

"Tom Sturges's book is a wonderful road map to evolved parenting that everyone will find invaluable."
—Clive Davis

"The most important job in the world to me is the one of Parent. Tom Sturges shares his view on raising kids in a way that makes me want to change my Parental Destiny—an amazing and life-changing read!"
—Kris Jenner

"This is a subject of interest to every parent of teenagers, and Tom Sturges tells it like it is, from personal experience."
—Hugh Hefner

"Tom has written a book that encourages parents to help their kids follow their dreams to a successful life. It is a thoughtful and timely aid for anyone trying to raise children. Give it a read!"
—Kareen Abdul-Jabbar

About the Author

Tom Sturges is the father of three sons, nineteen, thirteen and two. He is Executive Vice President and Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing Group. A coach, mentor, teacher, and volunteer, his efforts with at-risk children at an inner-city Los Angeles public school have impacted the lives of hundreds of students there. He has received many commendations and citations from civic and national leaders for his volunteerism, which is also the topic of the award- winning documentary Witness to a Dream. The author of Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children, Sturges' father was the legendary filmmaker Preston Sturges. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Sake VINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having a teenage son was what prompted me to want to read this book. Many of the stories were relatable but most of the ideas and tips were nothing new to me. They say that most self-help books aren't helpful because either you don't apply the information or because it is common knowledge...this falls under the common knowledge for me. I know there are many parents that don't apply this information and it could prove to be a big change for their family if they did.

The book is simply a reminder for me to let my son grow however he is going to grow. It tells us that we are there to help them along, but essentially each child is different and is going to need to grow in their own time and direction. Sturges reminds us that while our children may not do what we think they should do, or what we want them to do, they are their own person and have the ability to choose what and how they want to do things.

The chapters don't touch on what to do when your child is really out of line, when things are really bad, but I don't think any book could cover that area with the type of expertise that would be needed. It does get us to look at situations differently and with a calmer tone to our voices. It's a pretty simple formula - speak to them as you would want to be spoken to and give them the freedom to make their own choices.

Book Rating: 3/5
Book Received From: Tarcher/Penguin for Review
Reviewer: Jessica for Book Sake
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth S. Case on August 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Happily, I did not spend a dime on this tripe. It was a gift from my FIL who thought the husband would get something out of it.

It's very difficult to read a book by somebody in the OverClass preaching about parenting, stuffed with ancedotes about his OverClass peers and their parenting situations (The Paul McCartney & Shaquille O'Neal drops - how is the average proletarian to relate to THEM?). I mean, COME ON, whose father can actually INTRODUCE THEM to Fifty Cent?

The "positive thinking" hooey which permeated the book was enough to put my eyes in permanent eyeroll mode. The Fantasy Show he envisions, with Tom Brokaw and Maria Shriver was LOL at its utmost. After what happened with Maria Shriver's personal life after the book was published was the icing on the cake.

The weirdest chapter in this book by far was "Let Them Be Beautiful". He sure seemed focused on blonde girls with long hair getting their hair chopped off. Sheryl, the woman who, as a child, was held down by her moms and granny and got her lucious blonde locks chopped, was a real hard luck case. I read that entire chapter thinking "This dude sure loves his ladies blonde - long haired blonde." Just - weird.

If you're looking for honest parenting advice, this book isn't it. Donate, toss, and/or delete. Or keep around for easy laughs when you remember YOUR dad wasn't high up in the music biz and didn't introduce you to YOUR favorite singer/band.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skych on June 26, 2013
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This author breaks down parenting into real world scenarios. I've been a fan since reading his first parenting book "Parking Lot Rules". This is not your typical parenting book. This is not written or directed towards a "self help" genre. It's easy to read, gives realistic situations & explores outcomes to both child and parent, both actual and emotional. It helps the parent to realize that yes we have to be the bad guy sometimes, yes it sucks, but not only do kids need the structure and dependability of a consistent parent but also that by being a solid parent (by such things as keeping your word, fair discipline, allowing kids to make informed choices) you are raising your child to be a good human that you have lead by example.
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