I found a blog called “Growing Up Well” written by a middle school teacher who coincidentally lives same area as me. I liked the blog and therefore bought his book entitled, “Critical Connection, A Practical Guide To Parenting Teens”. As I read this book I was amazed at how well the author understood adolescents and what wonderful advice he had to share.
The author of the blog and book is Andy Kerckhoff. The school where he teaches is an upscale private school in the St. Louis area. While my blog discusses the importance of good fathering, the need is not limited to the poor and disadvantaged. Good and bad parenting exists in all social structures and societies. In his preface to his book Mr. Kerckhoff states,
“What these parents don’t realize is that when they disengage from their adolescent children, they leave their kids to figure things out for themselves at a time when their wisdom and guidance are desperately needed.”
This is the perfect book for parents of teens and preteens. How many of us have thrown up our hands when trying to figure them out? His advice on discipline, social life, education, athletics and so much more is invaluable information to assist in knowing what your kids are going through and how to help them (and yourself) get through it.
My book "The Power of Dadhood: A Better Society, One Child at a Time" will not be out until Spring 2015, but while my book would help raising kids 0 to 12 years of age, "Critical Connection" would be the perfect compliment for those with kids 10 to 18 years.
You can order “Critical Connection, A Practical Guide To Parenting Teens” on Amazon.com.