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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would if they had young children.
What did you like best about this story?
Being a parent is a complicated, messy job and I always enjoy reading on this topic to give me additional tips. Jennifer Garden includes many examples to illustrate her points which adds to the readability of the book.
Any additional comments?
Her information on the left- and right-brained children surprised me and challenged some of the ideas that I have about my children. She discusses childhood fears, the basics of discipline, bullying, and the internet and how each impacts families and their children. Her book is best for parents of young children and could be used as an extra resource when parents are feeling uncertain about a specific topic.
Full disclosure, I must admit when the subject of bullying first appeared, Garden managed to pull at my heartstrings. You see, throughout middle school my younger brother was a victim of harassment and vicious bullying, I only wish the parents of the bullies could have only picked up this book to be aware of the repercussions on a child’s life.
Personal anecdote aside, I thought the fashion in which the plot and dialogue unraveled really spoke volumes and made an impact as I listened throughout. (I do however must admit that it was at first quite disorienting).
The real case scenarios were extremely helpful bringing to light the issues that plague today’s teens --- i.e. social media. Not only did the described situations detail the tough times that the father went through with his child, but the story itself took into consideration that a child’s, and in turn, the parent’s life is not all influenced by the negative events. Life keeps on moving through the good and the bad. With that in mind, there were some moments in the book that were light and funny.
Garden’s take was refreshing because it unfurled like life itself, a series of moments, both devastatingly tragic with instances of helplessness with those of giddy joy and unconditional love.