Synopsis: With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion. Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down-to-earth questions to think about, and a prayer to launch an action plan. As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before. With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and tweens, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.
My Thoughts: This book came to me at the perfect time. I’m the mother of a 13 year old son and there are days when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to this parenting thing. Parenting babies and toddlers was a lot less cerebral…you just love them and teach them and guide them and keep them safe. As they approach the teenage age, they start to desire independence from their parents (much to the sadness of their moms)…they start to test the limits, they argue and question, they state, “You don’t understand!” at least 2 times a day. I have shed more than a few tears over the frustration and helpless feeling of thinking I’m doing it all wrong and “screwing up my child”.
This book was a breath of fresh air. Presented as 40 dares for moms to use with their teens and tweens, it really causes you to analyze your own childhood and parenting style and also to make changes that will guide your child towards being a good adult.
There were some dares that convicted me a bit but I tried to look at them in a way that would help me to move forward instead of being negative over what I’ve done wrong in the past.
I also liked that each dare has questions that cause you to reflect on what you’ve read and then end with a prayer.
This book also helped me to realize that even though parenting is difficult at times, I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do it. God has chosen me to raise this precious child and He believes that I am the perfect mother for Him.
I would highly recommend this book to any parent of teens or tweens, I will be coming back to it often.
I received this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.