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Parents Who Don't Do Dishes (and other recipes for life) Paperback – October 12, 2012

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The author takes us along on the journey of his remarkable life. His holistic approach to living is deeply touching, and at times strikingly funny. Richard gives us an intimate look at his triumphs and struggles and in doing so challenges us to hold up a mirror to our innerselves. Insightful and moving, this book stirs the spirit and leaves the reader with a refreshing sense of new clarity. Excellent book (with excellent recipes)! A highly recommended read that should be touted as a Practical Guide to Life! --eBook Reader

Love this book! This truly is a must read if you have kids or honestly this is a great book even if you don't have kids. So many times I would read a line that would jump out and grab me. The line, "the beauty of the death of control", was such a perfect line, as a control freak myself it was a great reminder to give up that need to control everything. This by far is one of the best parenting books I've ever read. Not only is it informative and thought provoking, it is also a quick read that is very humorous. This is a book I will pick up again and again. --eBook Reader

About the Author

Richard is a life-long cook, music lover, and outdoor enthusiast. He quit his Wall Street job at age 24 and has been a private investor since then. For the last 12 years, he's made his home base in Crested Butte, Colorado, a ski town 9,000 feet above sea level where he has pursued life as a mountain biker, back country skier, and for the last 18 years, a father of two boys.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Mookie Press; 1st edition (October 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985839317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985839314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Chambers HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on December 23, 2012
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When I read the description of Richard Melnick's book, I half expected to read about his ordeals as a cancer patient and the devastating effects the disease had on his life and his family. In his book, however, he barely mentioned cancer, with only very brief references to his surgery and follow-up chemotherapy. Instead, the book was part memoir, part personal philosophy, and part parenting primer, and it was fascinating reading on each of those levels.

I think the most compelling element of the book was about the author's personal philosophy and the ways in which he passed his life lessons on to his two sons. He was neither a "spare the rod and spoil the child" dad, nor was he his sons' best pal. In his words, all a parent can do for their child is to marvel at them, provide for them, and teach them a few life skills. Instead of autocratically imposing dozens of rules on his sons, he told them, "Your choice is the company you keep, the behavior you model, and the boundaries you enforce for yourself." As his sons approached an age when they were subject to temptations that could derail their lives, he gave them practical advice about love, women, drugs, even an appreciation for the value of music in their lives.

This was not just another book on parenting advice, by any means. Nor is Richard Melnick a typical parent. How many parents do you know who have traveled to India and had a personal audience with the Dalai Lama? And how many parenting books include the author's favorite recipes? (The chocolate chip cookies look yummy, by the way, and I'm definitely going to try the tip for cooking the perfect burger.)

In reviewing books, I don't always mention an author's writing style, usually referring to it only if it stands out, one way or another. I have to say that Mr.
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I am not a parent (yet) but this book is fantastic for both parents and non-parents, because it shows you the value of facing yourself in the mirror. This is about living life fully, letting go of control (something really pertinent to me), and to stop avoiding so much of our lives! I was so inspired while reading this book. If you are a parent, I think it will show you a way of interacting with your children that fosters openness and respect. As someone who wants to raise my future children much differently than how I was raised, this book helped me see that you can foster independence in your children and still have them turn out to be respectful, sensitive beings (instead of controlling them through fear or letting them simply run wild without any self-awareness). This book is way under priced; it is worth way more than the kindle price!
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I am not a parent, but having been a child with parents I can still appreciate this delightful and thought-provoking memoir as I was raised in a similar fashion by my mother (Parents Who Don't Mow the Lawn). Some people are just born to be parents, and I am grateful for (the few) people like that. (Although, mostly I weep for the future.) :) Thanks for such a wonderful story.
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I've read this book a number of times and have recommended it to friends. Its a well written and engaging little book. My philosophy on the relationship between a parent and child is quite similar and I enjoyed his candor on his own personal growth.
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Richard Melnick's lovely little book of 100 pages is little in size but not in meaning. If we have the privilege to be parents, raising our children is the most important and challenging job we are entrusted with. Richard's natural instincts about how to raise his sons (without the micromanagement that seems to be the theme of modern day) is downright refreshing. He also simultaneously helps us understand the ways in which he has grown and become more enlightened. He shares techniques for living in the moment yet being a responsible human and parent, and treating small tasks such as dishwashing with wonder. As a psychiatrist I am often suggesting books to patients (and friends) when they seem overwhelmed both with their pace of life and the daunting task of parenting. This is now on the top of my list. Richard's humor, compassion, and wisdom make this book a must-read. Somehow that fact that he went through a divorce and cancer never make one feel the least bit sorry for him, as he used those experiences to grow ever more appreciative of the time he has on earth. In full disclosure I recently met him through his absolutely fabulous son Jackson, who is a treasure to have on our planet. I am so glad Jackson has been nurtured by his dad (and mom) to be the vastly creative and kind soul he was meant to be. Stifling such a lovely mind and spirit so they fit into some 'societal mold' is probably happening all too often by parents who are just blindly doing what their parents modeled, or even worse, what they think will get their kids into the proper college. Richard's love of cooking and his lessons to his boys about cleaning the kitchen are lessons that we all can continue to use even if our children are grown. I also look forward to trying his recipes, and passing the wisdom of his words with others. Lori Adelson MD
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A wonderful book about life, parenting, and cooking by a dad who raised two sons in accordance with his life views. The book contains personal stories that inspire (and in many cases make you laugh), along with lots of hard-earned wisdom, and some excellent recipes. I recommend this book to anyone who is raising children and who wishes to be more conscious, compassionate, and self-aware in their journey.
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