I don't usually review books on this blog, but I read Vicki's book this summer and felt compelled to share with you.
Duct Tape Parenting is a great book for parents with kids up to age eighteen. It's different than my book, though, Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting. What I like about Vicki's book is that it compliments my book, as my book compliments hers.
Duct Tape Parenting is about raising kids to become proficient adults, and we parents only get eighteen years to do it. Secrets of Safety-Net Parenting on the other hand is about raising happy, successful children. The confidence that children gain from the strategies in Vicki's book runneth over to the successes and passions I explore in mine.
I delve into failure, passions and perseverance. Vicki talks to the reader about our roles as being maids, rather than parents. Her book offers strategies to help free parents from being those maids while liberating our children to yearn to become more independent.
I have two great kids (Perfect? Not quite, but good girls), yet I, like most parents, was able to identify with many aspects of the book.
Here's my warning, though: the first 90 or so pages of the book established parental frustrations, and I could have done with less of this. I was afraid the book was only going to be about how frustrated we get, but not address how to get past these frustrations.
I'm glad I didn't throw in the towel. The next two-thirds of the book got to the meat of the strategies and it was well worth wading through the beginning. I recommend this book to any parent who feels like a servant of their child, rather than a parent to them, as well as any parent who wants to feel confident sending their child off int the "real world" at age eighteen.
I absolutely can't wait for my wife to read Duct Tape Parenting. I don't feel I can move forward with the book's strategies until both my wife and I are on the same page. If you read the book (after you read mine), let me know your thoughts on it, and if you have used the strategies, tell us if they worked or not.