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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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"Tom Sturges's book is a wonderful road map to evolved parenting that everyone will find invaluable."
"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!"
"This is a subject of interest to every parent of teenagers, and Tom Sturges tells it like it is, from personal experience."
"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!"
About the Author
Tom Sturges is a mentor, teacher, coach, and volunteer, and the father of two sons. He is the executive vice president and head of creative for Universal Music Publishing Group. Tom also created a learning program that develops creativity in children via the writing of lyrics, melodies, and recording the finished songs. Every Idea Is a Good Idea has been an integral element of the MBUSD Gate Program for five of the last six years, reaching more than 360 students. Tom also teaches The Music Business Now at UCLA Extension, a course central to the UCLA Music Business Certificate Program. Sturges, who lives in Manhattan Beach, California, is a golfer, and an inventor, and the son of legendary writer and director Preston Sturges. He is also the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy Of Recording Arts and Sciences.
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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!
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.