HOW TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOUR KIDS by J. D. Sanderson

HOW TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT YOUR KIDS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As theft children reached age 13, Sanderson and his wife introduced them to a five-year plan designed to make them Adult at Eighteen: not perfect but in possession of elementary survival skills. He outlined basic policies on transportation, household chores, earning money, health and appearance, expecting changes not in behavior but in teenage perception. In sharp contrast to most parenting guides, his has special virtues--a readable, anecdotal text free of jargon, mighty promises, or the pretense that one lesson always spills over into the next. Sanderson, who knows the difference between encouraging a decision and extorting one, contends parents must act while they can still exercise theft authority and show daily expressions of love and approval. Although some of his suggestions (Current Events Night) seem forced, his essential principles are not mechanical; his priorities are in order, his perspective broad, and his children don't sound bionic. His kids worked in and out of the home, heard about theft parents' colleagues and political opinions, and knew respect even when their ideas were challenged. No T-groups or practice sessions necessary: just intelligent guidelines for reasonable, responsible parents to adopt.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1978
Publisher: Norton