Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tough Guys and Drama Queens by Mark Gregston

Teenagers! I do not yet have one, although it’s coming soon! You hear all kinds of horror stories about parenting during the teenage years, so why not try to head it off and have at least a game plan for the teenage years? Sounds good, right? This book Tough Guys and Drama Queens gives stories and ideas for parenting throughout the teenage years.

The author gives negative examples of poor parenting and gives positive examples of his policies in working with teens at his residential program. He visits such topics as picking your battles, forgiveness, grace, and mercy, respect, independence, and so many others. The layout of the book is basically first of all, what the teenage culture looks like today, then how you should not parent, and finally how you should. There are plenty of examples and real-life applications.

I did like this book, and throughout reading it I began thinking that I need to do more to mentally and spiritually prepare our family for the teenage years, whether it be reading more books or other things. My philosophy for so much of what we do with/for our children is to prepare them to be responsible adults, and this book is one tool to help with that goal. I'm not sure that I agree with all the ideas in this book, but like much of life, there are good ideas in it, something to be learned from it!

I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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