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But Nobody Told Me I'd Ever Have to Leave Home

From Toddlers to Teens: How Parents Can Raise Children to Become Capable Adults

by (author) Kathy Lynn

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2011
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
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  • Age: 15
  • Grade: 10


A useful resource for parents raising children to become successful, independent adults. A newborn's first cry is the sound of life and vitality. This first breath is the start of a journey towards independence. Raising a child to become a fully capable young adult is a parent's most important and challenging job. Letting go is perhaps the most difficult aspect of parenting.

But Nobody Told Me I'd Ever Have to Leave Home examines a parent's influence over a child's playtime, temperament, friendships and disappointments, and offers suggestions about when to encourage children to make their own decisions. Covering all stages in a child's life, from toddlers to teenagers and their postsecondary years, this important book offers practical advice to parents that will help their children develop into capable adults.

About the author

Kathy Lynn is a widely recognized parenting educator with more than 30 years of experience speaking to families and professionals. She has helped thousands become better parents and in turn has made a big difference in the lives of many children.]]>

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Librarian Reviews

But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home

This informative book is about raising children to become independent, successful adults. The author covers topics from temperament—what it is and how it affects children’s view of the world—to how to aid children to develop true self-esteem as well as how to teach children to do housework and to manage their time and money. She provides an outline of age-appropriate tasks and responsibilities. Included are real life vignettes for each topic and answers to questions from parents. She concludes with concise summaries for each section.

Kathy Lynn is a regular columnist for Today’s Parent magazine. She also wrote Who’s in Charge, Anyway? How Parents Can Teach Children to Do the Right Thing.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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