Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.
Title: Just One More Thing Before You Leave Home
Author: David Gudgel, Bernice Gudgel
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Parenting Advice
About the book:
Is your teen successfully prepared to leave home? Just One More Thing is filled with practical advice to help teens transition out of the house and into the rest of their life. In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics to help teens survive on their own, including: worldview, financial challenges, use of time, career moves, moral dilemmas, sex, painful experiences, and spiritual life, among others. Written from a Biblical perspective, the book is more of a guide to making good decisions than a lecture on how to live. It’s perfect for a parent and teen to go over together or to give as a thoughtful gift. This is a book they’ll reference for years to come.
As a parent of young children I want to do all that I can to prepare them for the world. I know when I left for college there were lots of things that I didn’t know and wasn’t prepared for in life. One of the major reasons is that my family moved to the United States when I was fourteen. My parents didn’t know a lot about the college system here, SAT tests or anything like that. Most of what I learned was from winging it and internet searches. Once in college though I realize that lots of parents don’t do everything to prepare their children for when they have to leave home. It’s that nurturing quality in us we just want them to always be our babies and we sometimes forget some of those life lessons. I just loved this book and how it was written. Instead of being a book seeming like its lecture from your parents its a guide on things you encounter as an adult. One of my favorite chapters in the book is about financial challenges. I know that lots of people leave home without the tools to properly help them manage money. This section alone to me is worth the cost of the entire book. Its one of the biggest issues that young adults face. I know I struggled with money management and it’s one of the things I want to teach my children from a young age. There’s so much information in this book that great for teens and parents as well. It’s a great buy and one I suggest all parents pick up no matter what your child’s age is.
You can purchase the book on Amazon.