Forty Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids - Book Review

What is your role as a parent? Most parents would agree on a few of the important issues - keeping your child safe, feeding them, etc. But not everyone things about the end game. What is your actual role? Is it to be their life long friend, cheerleader, coach?

My thought is that it's most important to prepare them to stand on their own - all the rest is extra. Of course you should cheer them on, be the shoulder to cry on, give them a boost, feed them....

And then there is adulthood. Scary for some people - those who are not prepared. Prepare them by making sure they know how to function on their own and are confident in who they are. That's where a book like Forty Things I Wish I'd Told My Kids comes in. You know - it's actually a good book for anyone, but really important for preparing children.

What is it? It's a book about life. Things you should know. Advice on how to enjoy life more - to be your best self.

It's a very quick read. The chapters are short, the material not difficult. You can stop and start and come back without missing a beat.

That was the one thing that struck me as different about this book - it is succinct. I recently finished a book that should have been a few hundred pages - at most, but the author stretched it out to a thousand. He added so much extra nothing that the book was horrid to read.

The author of Forty Things does not do that. I read it in e-book form so I'm not quite sure, but I would guess it's more pamphlet size in real life. The book is straight and to the point and almost everyone could benefit from it.

I would recommend it for graduation gifts, coming of age birthdays (14+) and for anyone trying to find direction in their life.

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