Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review and Giveaway: What I Wish I Knew at 18

I've recently had the chance to review a new book by Dennis Trittin, What I Wish I Knew at 18

My oldest tells me that he'll be 16 really soon.  I'm in denial, let me tell you.  And just yesterday, we attended a combination Eagle Court of Honor/18th birthday party for one of the most amazing young men I know.  I know he's older than my kids, but only barely.  And that means that it is only a blink or two until I have an 18 year-old as well.

I have a mere 24 and a half months left to teach him what I want him to know at 18.  And now I have a start on doing that.

From the back cover:
What I Wish I Knew at 18 can serve as your personal life coach as you navigate the road ahead by helping you answer some key questions:
How will I define success in my life?
How can I make a successful transition to college?
How will I select and thrive in my career?
How will I build new relationships and achieve a lasting marriage?
What are my financial goals and how will I achieve them?
I started reading it myself, because I wanted to know if the things that Dennis wishes he knew at 18 agree with what I want my boys to know at 18.  This isn't the kind of book I want to just hand over to them without knowing what is in it.

I didn't get too far into the book before I decided that my kids will go through it, so at that point, I started flipping through to specific sections in there.  You know, like "Love and Marriage."  And while I don't completely agree with Dennis on every point in this section, I most certainly can see this as a basis for discussion.

Which means I'm reading a section at a time out loud.  Each section ends with a "Take Five" which is something for the student to think about and analyze themselves.

This isn't a book just for homeschoolers, this is for older teens in general.  I'd guess rough age 15, though my 14 year old tends to hang out to listen to these few minutes of reading/discussion too. 

I love this book... and you could have one too, as I have a copy to give away!

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Crystal said...

To always keep family first

Cristi said...

Don't waste time worrying about little things. Don't waste time worrying about big things, either. God's in control whether I worry or not.

Unknown said...

Focus on doing the little things right, and the big things will take care of themselves. Sounds like a great book to start some good discussions with....

Unknown said...

This looks great. I have 4-5 years left before mine is deemed an "adult". So much try to learn in such a small amount of time.