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Grow the Tree You Got: & 99 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Adolescents and Teenagers Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 5, 2011
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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
Honestly, I have no intentions of fathering a child anytime soon :P but reading the book made me realize how conversations between my parents and I played out a few years back (in my teenage years). Memories of all the fighting and misunderstandings were rewound and labelled with the correct subtitles by the book. So for me, the book presents a nice picture of a teenager's natural progression of language- and how to counter it with the right methods.
Of course like any other book, a few rules stick and others slip- and for the most part it's about what works for the family.
Overall it was quite an enjoyable read. Looking forward to his next book!
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My 10 yr old's teacher recommended this book and her father and I got 2 copies to each read. It teaches the parent to accept the gifts your child has and how to let go when they're... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by sdanberry
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. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Elizabeth S. Case