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If You're A Parent, Joe Rich Is Your Gps

Reviewing: Joe Rich, Msw Parenting: The Long Journey  |  Rating:
jayjay1113 By jayjay1113 on
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I attended the Literacy conference earlier this year that our local school board host annually. The theme was Parenting - The Long Journey and one of the keynote speakers was Joe Rich. He is a well-known family therapist in Canada, has appeared on countless TV/radio shows, newspapers and magazines. He also used to be a regular on CityLine when it was hosted by Marilyn Denis. She actually wrote a nice forward to the book.

Well his speech was based on his book which was light-hearted but still had good advice. One thing that was soo funny but true was when he stated that you have to spend 8 + years in school to be a doctor or lawyer but that there are no classes on parenting and that half of the parents he knows (including himself) would never graduate! The audience roared with laughter. The main point was that parents need to educate themselves because information is out there and his book puts it all in one place; from toddler to adolescent to teenager. After the speech, I immediately went and bought the book from his booth. I also got to meet him so my copy is actually autographed!

His book is written in an easy to read tone (no psycho-bable to confuse you) with funny and touching real-life stories to demonstrate his parenting philosophies like, "Aim for better, not perfect." I love this one! Chapter 31: Take Your Hands Off the Horn: How to Stop Yelling, What's at Stake and How to Find Support is also a very interesting chapter on strategies to use instead of yelling.

I found that I learned a lot of practical advice from this book and suggest that every parent buy this book as the GPS to navigate them along the long journey to parenthood.