Note: My book is officially launching on February 13th, 2019 and there will be some bonus giveaways that day including free access to my online course (launching in May), worth $150.
My experience as a deeply troubled parent of a once troubled teenager (now a happily functioning adult), and my wish to help other parents avoid the sleepless nights, debilitating fear, helplessness, and despair, led me to write this book. Our family’s ordeal lasted more than six years, and during that time we learned strategies that not only helped us survive but actually allowed us to thrive. As we learned to cope with our family situation in the best way possible, we turned our lives around and emerged stronger, a closer family unit, with greater clarity, increased happiness, and a sense of joy that had not been present.
At the same time, I was working as a school principal and became aware of the mental health crisis that was starting to take hold in younger and younger students.
The statistics are disturbing; for example, 77 percent of children report having been bullied at school, and 80 percent of ten-year-old girls wish they were thinner. It’s likely that one or more of your children will face some kind of difficulty, whether it’s an eating disorder, bullying, drug addiction, depression, or other mental health issue, and it is almost impossible to predict whose child that might be.You can’t always see it coming—we certainly didn’t!
Wearing my educator’s hat, I took what I was learning from our family’s therapist, analyzed it, saw the evidence, and concluded that there is an absolute and fundamental concept that underpins healthy human life. This concept, if taught when children are very young and reinforced as they grow up, will result in resilient kids who are not only mentally healthy, but bully-proof, addiction-resistant, and kind. It is this concept that forms the basis for this book and underlies the other strategies that were so impactful for every member of my family. That’s right! Just one fundamental concept!
It was, seemingly, my daughter’s troubles that brought me to change my way of thinking about parenting, teaching, and life in general, and it is my professional background that has allowed me to translate what I learned into concepts and strategies for parents and teachers to use. I retired from my teaching position to spend my time developing a program to help parents raise trouble-free children. This book has grown out of those workshops
There are helpful practical suggestions for improving the mental health of every family member. I know that if you are able to implement some of the techniques taught, your experience as a parent will be a joyful one and you’ll greatly reduce the chances of your children becoming statistics. My hope is that you’ll be able to learn from my experience and use my strategies to change your parenting approach if needed. By making some changes, you will find that you and your family will be far happier than you ever imagined.
What are your biggest parenting challenges? I’d love to hear from you!
I’m passionate about prevention of substance abuse, depression, bullying, and suicide in teens, and I’ve chosen to spend my time helping parents to raise resilient, bully-proof, addiction-free kids. I know firsthand the emotional and financial costs of having a troubled teenager and I don’t want that to happen to you.