A Resource for Parents and Teens: What I Wish I Knew At 18 by Dennis Tritton (And a GIVEAWAY)

Isn’t it a grabbing title? I was very excited to be able to review this one! Don’t we all think we are incredibly intelligent at the age of 18. However, as we mature, we realize that we really didn’t know so much after all.

Dennis Tritton is working to give young people tools that they can use as they go through life. You can find his website with this book and other resources here.

The book, which the author says was born from a list he wrote for his graduating son,  is divided into 10 main sections. Each section contains pieces of advice followed by questions for further thought.

I was a little disappointed by the book. Much of the advice seemed to be the same points repackaged in other sections. Much of the tone of the book was a self-focused, this is how I can be a better me message. The references to “faith” were generic, and even though one section was about “Spiritual Life” the author seems to make broad statements about this “Spiritual Life” instead of subscribing to a specific relationship with God. There were quite a few statements about choosing when and how many children to have that went against my personal beliefs about the role of God in choosing our family size. And there were quite a few pieces of advice about how to make more money, impress bosses more, or make a better impression on others that I thought just smacked of manipulation.

There were some good points that I think could be used as talking points between parent and teenager. Tritton covers quite a few areas that really are important for maturity. I could agree with some of his comments. I thought those about marriage and finance were good and fit with my worldview.

All in all, I wouldn’t just hand this book to my teenager to read for advice. I might use it as a tool to discuss some of these areas with my teen. But I would make sure to discuss some of these differences in worldview.

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