Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Review: 'The Ultimate Guide to Raising Teens and Tweens' by Douglas Haddad

Connecticut author Douglas Haddad graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/secondary education and a master’s degree in biology. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Bridgeport with a second master’s degree in human nutrition and was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as a lifetime member. He is an award-winning middle school teacher, author, and parenting and education expert. He has a long history as an educator, working with children from all different backgrounds and abilities as well as as a coach, personal trainer, wellness expert, nutrition counselor, tai chi ch'uan and reiki master, one-on-one mentor, and tutor. He is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist for elite athletes. He ‘rounds out’ his life on stage singing, playing piano, writing music, performing voiceovers for various companies and products, and acting in theatrical performances, film, television, and commercials over the years, and has been featured as a regular guest expert on FOX, NBC, ABC, and ION television

On the premise that “Children are living in a ‘war on childhood,’ where problems no longer are viewed as opportunities to problem- solve, but rather an ‘enrichment opportunity’ at every turn. Our children are over-scheduled, distracted by technology, and exposed to so much so fast. We need to help overwhelmed parents and educators to navigate this overwhelming, frenetic-paced society” Douglas proceeds to share his tool set for nurturing smart successful and self disciplined teens and tweens – ‘Be the boss by sharing power with your child, Use empathy and consequences. Kick your kid’s butt effectively – but not literally. Give your child the license to problem ownership, Get your kid iMotivated. And at the same time he realistically alerts parents to the challenges they face - How to take the “bull” out of bullying and address youth violence, How sex can change a child’s life forever, Bad habits: gambling, alcohol, drugs, smoking, Depression and suicidal tendencies, Eating disorders, physical inertia, and health issues.’

Douglas arranges this superb guide into two parts - Part I - Ten “Child Unlimited” Tools for Unlocking Your Child’s Full Potential - Use Empathy and Consequences!, Be Cool and See the Child in You!, “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” It’s Up to You!, Be the Boss by Sharing Power with Your Child!, “Kick Your Kid’s Butt” Effectively!, Use the Right Style to Shape Your Child!, Be on a Positive Wavelength with Your Child!, Give your child the license to “Leadership & Problem Ownership”!, Get Your Kid “iMotivated”!, and Have Your Child Achieve the Goal by “Ready, Set, Grow”! In Part II he addresses ‘Ten Child Limiting’ Challenges to Be Aware of and How to Best Handle Them - Bullying: Take the “Bull” out of Bullying, Youth Violence: The Effects of the Media and Violent Video Gaming on you child on Your Child, Gambling: The Invisible, Yet Insidiously Growing Addiction, Sex: How It Can Change Your Child’s and Your Life Forever, Drug Abuse: The Seductive Gateway Addiction, Alcohol: Educate Early to Prevent a Depressing Future, Smoking: Why Kids Start and What You Need to Do to Prevent It, Depression and Suicide: The Warning Signs to Know That Could Save Your Child’s Life , Eating Disorders: Why (Not) Eating Yourself Skinny Can Be Life-Threatening, Poor Eating Habits and Physical Inactivity: What Needs to Be Done to Bring Your Child to Health.

Yes, there are other ‘parenting guides’ available, but Douglas Haddad’s book tops them all – smart, practical, stern yet accessible, and a very well written book to boot! Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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