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Raising Trump Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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About the Author
Ivana Trump is a Czech-born American businesswoman, author, fashion designer, socialite, and former fashion model. She is the former Vice President of Interior Design for the Trump Organization, where she supervised construction and design of Trump Tower, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and The Grand Hyatt Hotel. Under her leadership, the Plaza Hotel was recognized as the “Best Luxury Hotel in the United States.” She continues to produce products, fragrances, and accessories under Ivana Haute Couture. Her pride and joy are her three children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.
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As a mother of three grown children comparable in age to the three oldest Trump kids, I found her approach to raising her children very much like my own. She talked about the importance of making the kids earn their own money with age-appropriate tasks, checked, she communicated very openly and honestly with her children (checked) regarding her divorce from their father and the death of their maternal grandfather with whom her children were very close to. She stressed the importance of being strict but loving and affectionate with her children, checked. She shared how she kept an eye on her children during their teen years when they were at boarding school by scrutinizing the company they kept (checked). During her visits to their schools she would create social opportunities to meet their friends/roommates and keenly observed their friends' behaviors looking for signs of substance abuse, laziness or lack of manners, etc. If any one of them didn't measure up to the standards she had for her children, she would quietly find a way to distance her children from them.
The most important quality she displayed throughout all her years of raising her children was that she was a conscientious mother and stayed on top of their growth and development. Even though she had nannies, there are still many things that only a mother can do for her children to ensure their well-being; especially their emotional and social development. Considering that she lived a very busy life managing multiple business entities with Trump and post-Trump as a single-mother, in addition to her jet-set life-style, I think based on the outcome of her children she did a phenomenal job.
Many of what Ivana shared about how she raised her children is universally accepted as sound principles for raising responsible adults. What makes her story so compelling was seeing how she applied it in the rarified world of extreme wealth and privilege. When raising children with extreme privileges, the easier road is to give into them by giving them whatever they want but doing so would have been a disservice to them and to society as we all have witnessed in the press of certain rich misbehaving, entitled children of some of America's most prominent families (Hiltons). It's harder to take the path that Ivana took but in the end, everyone benefits: the child can stand on his own and feel good about his own success; society benefits from their contributions and their current and future families are blessed by the good choices they made. As Dr. Phil always says “you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.”
The only criticism I have of this book was that Ivana made it sound too easy as if her children rarely or never rebelled or challenged her making it all seem too sugar-coated. Granted, I know her methods work as I raised my three children (a son and two daughters) in a similar fashion but it wasn’t easy. My three children are adults now and all are very accomplished. They are all college educated: an investment banker in Asia; an H.R. consultant in the entertainment industry; and an investment analyst with Goldman Sachs. Most important, they are all kind, caring, respectful, hard-working, actively contribute to their communities and are raising their families responsibly. The process wasn't without its fair share of challenges along the way but as with Ivana's journey, it was well worth it.
The book centered around Ivana's children, but is very revealing about her own character which shows right through it, and she comes off as a great person with admirable qualities. Ivana's approach to raising kids really resonated with me on many levels, and I liked how she kept it so down-to-earth, disciplined, structured, based on goals and values, but at the same time affectionate and caring. Good reminder that all of your efforts matter and they all add up to the life you are living :)
We also gain many insights from her business acumen and her social life. This is a memoir of an unusual and loving child, wife, mother, and business leader. Intriguing too is how she contributed to helping Donald Trump become a powerful enrepreneur.
But most of all, we see (and feel) how her love and discipline made Trump’s first three children who they are—in many ways, images of herself—loyal, honest, driven to achieve good in life. As for failures, Ivana does not dwell on “what happened.” Ivana shares the story of her parental family in communist Czechoslovakia, the encouragement and guidance she received from her parents to be accomplished, successful and gracious.
The “invasion” of Marla Maples is devastating to Ivana and her children. How did Ivana survive such pain? “Through it all, I had faith in myself,” she says. “I was mentally tough and I knew I would survive." She determined to “never show panic in front of the kids, and never speak a bad word about Donald.” How she handled all the sensational tabloid stories is a lesson in inner strength and character.
This book is MEMORABLE and PRACTICAL. Just read how Ivana taught her children “The Value of a Dollar” and “How To Talk to Anyone.” Her section on “ADVANCED PARENTING sums up so well what she learned in raising the Trump children, lessons that can inspire families today.
As a bonus, over 45 photos reveal Ivana’s family from her childhood to the childhood of her growing children. These offer a highly personal look into an amazing family.
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Trump had met his match in Ivana. Too bad he blew it with her. I like him as President, but not as a husband.Read more