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Dear Austin - A Letter To My Son Paperback – July 13, 2010
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Dear Austin is a gem. Words of wisdom and loving thoughts that provide a priceless touchstone. I hope it finds its way into the hands of many parents. ~ Karen Levin Coburn, author Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
This is not a "how to write this letter" book but ... an inspired invitation to let your heart whisper what it most yearns to say. Read it, feel it and write your own love letters when it's time. - Carleton Kendrick Ed.M., LCSW, Author
- real, genuine, from the heart, and mixed with confidence, anxiety, uncertainty, and vulnerability. This letter has shown me the future of what my husband and I hope to become. --Sonja Montiel, M.A., Educational Consultant, College Confidence
... words of wisdom, brutal honesty, and encouragement in the stark light of reality. I strongly recommend this - a perfect gift for anyone graduating from college or high school, or any parent who holds the reigns a little too tightly. --Ruth Buzzi
From the Author
Writing this letter has allowed me to let go of some of the sadness about my son's leaving, and to replace it with some of the hope and excitement that he must be feeling now. It is in this spirit, and with my son's permission, that I share this letter with any parent who has lost, or will lose, a child to higher education, or military service, or to the most dreaded thief of all, adulthood.
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IT IS EXCELLENT! It was written with a lot of insight and wisdom, thus giving his son guidance into the choices he would make in college, and how those choices good or bad could affect his life, and his future success. The letter inspires his son to follow his dreams, to be a good friend, to love and care for others. It is an excellent letter to encourage and reinforce the "principle of values" given to him by his parents, and advice on how to use these values when he leaves home. I would certainly recommend any student who is leaving home for the first time to read this book. This book is an asset in guidance for your sons, as well as, your daughters in helping them step out into the world away from home.
But, as I read this book, I found so many pieces that are missing in what I am teaching him, things I need to focus on, things that I take for granted.
Thank you David for writing this and for sharing it with the world. I know that I will take what you wrote and it will have a direct impact on my life, but more importantly, my son's life.
Thank You David Perkins!
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Dear Austin - A Letter to My Son, reminds us all about what is most important in life and what our kids need to know before we send them off...Read more