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Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 6, 2008
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“A well-written, entertaining, and supremely practical guide to leading our kids into adulthood safely and strongly. Even as a so-called parenting expert, I found myself surprised by Sturges’s creative solutions and strongly motivated to put them into place in my own home.”
--Hal Runkel, family therapist and author of ScreamFree Parenting
"Packed with practical insights, wisdom and fun, Parking Lot Rules hits the bull's eye when it comes to helping our children. Every parent must read it."
--Meg Meeker, M.D., author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
"Tom Sturges has gotten the recipe for parenting just right: five parts love, three parts struggle, two parts humor and a dollop of wisdom. His suggestions for a wide variety of parenting problems are practical and funny. I wish I'd read these rules (especially "Almost Always Skip the First Thing That Comes to Mind") before I'd raised my two children."
--Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of Raising Cain
About the Author
Tom Sturges is a mentor, teacher, coach, and volunteer, and the father of two sons, now ages ten and sixteen. He is Executive Vice President and Head of Creative for Universal Music Publishing Group.
Many of the ideas in Parking Lot Rules were nuanced and matured while he mentored a group of 32 at-risk children at a South Central Los Angeles public school. He received commendations from several civic and national leaders for these years of volunteerism and this story will be told in the forthcoming documentary, Witness To A Dream.
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-E Music Business Certificate Program.
Sturges, who lives in Manhattan Beach, California, is a golfer, and an inventor and the son of legendary writer & director Preston Sturges. He is also the President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Parking Lot Rules & 75 Other Ideas For Raising Amazing Children is his first book.
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I bought this book for my husband who has found himself a step-father, helping to raise children who are already off and running at 10 & 13 years old. He hasn't had the time or experience to grow into parenthood & after having read this book myself years ago, I knew it would be the perfect book for him to not only get his mindset on the parenting track but also to use as a reference in years to come. I still reference my copy after a number of years as my daughters have grown & are having experiences that are referenced in the book that weren't applicable to them when I first read it. Can't say enough about this book
There are 76 ideas here, each one quite practical and easy to implement. For example, #7 is Almost Always Skip the First Thing That Comes to Mind. Hey, I could use that with my husband! Another Post-it-worthy one is #45: Your Child Has to Know Where You Are. How many of us forget that? I know I do. I almost always know where my daughter is, but she often has to track me down.
Each rule covers a couple of pages, and includes an example or two taken from real life. If you're like me, you'll find yourself using the ideas right away.
One quibble: The book has a whiff of cheapness, especially given that it's from a major publisher. The few photos are horribly reproduced black and white images that look Xeroxed.
Here's the chapter list:
1. Every Day: Ways to keep your children safe, healthy, respected and cherished, every day
2. Communicating With Your Children
3. Manners Matter
4. No Lost Children
5. Disciplines and Punishments
6. Pain Happens, Now What?
7. Play Sports, Period
This book will remind you of how to be a great parent to your children, the parent you envisioned yourself being before he or she was born.
If that isn't enough, Mr. Sturges's ideas are easily utilized in dealing with everyone around you; the book gives simple lessons on how to be a better parent, but these lessons easily translate into being a better person toward everyone around you.
Highly recommended, easy reading, easy to remember lessons, enjoy...