Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: What's Wrong With My Kid? by George E. Leary Jr.

A must-read for parents.

Even though I do not usually review parenting books like this on my blog, I felt the need to talk about this one.  Full disclosure time, folks.  I helped work on the PR campaign for this book.  Still, even outside of media contacts and radio talk show hosts, I found myself talking about this book a lot and realized it was something I wanted to share here.  So, forgive me for mixing my professional life with my blogging life - it was only a matter of time.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY KID? is a handbook for parents of kids entering into those dreaded teen years.  Prepare yourself early.

My children are still little, so I'm hoping that I don't need any of the information in this book for a long time.  In fact, I hope I never need it, which is probably why so many parents miss the warning signs.  Author George E. Leary Jr missed the warning signs once, and has made it his life's mission to help parents see their worst fears, and takes them step-by-step on what to do next.

I have good news and I have bad news.  The bad news first:  The statistics on teens abusing drugs and alcohol are getting worse.  The good news is, studies show that kids who have the tough talks with their parents about drugs and alcohol are SIGNIFICANTLY less likely to use these substances than the kids that don't. 

I'm not a betting girl, but if there is any way I can help tip the odds in my kid's favor, I'm going for it.  Tough talk?  Easy compared to calling your 15 year old at rehab.  Oh, you don't know what to say?  You're not sure what drugs "the kids" are using these days?  It's in the book.

Leary pulls no punches, and takes no chances.  He gives parents the facts, gives it to us straight, and gives us all a kick in the pants we need to have those tough talks with our kids. 

Here is the thing I was most impressed with - this book is highly readable. It doesn't read like a high school science textbook, like some other addiction/recovery books I've seen.  Leary understands that his readers are the parents of teens, who not only want knowledge, they want it fast, before trouble begins...or gets worse.

Well done, Mr. Leary.

Book Extras:
Parenting Addicts Website, Twitter, Facebook
TLC Book Tour Page for What's Wrong With My Kid?
Hazelden Website

About the Book:
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616491191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616491192

  • About the Author:
    George E. Leary Jr., M.A. was a youth counselor, surrounded by kids all day, and yet he failed to see that his own child was using and abusing drugs. Denial, fear, grief—Leary experienced these emotions firsthand and he has since made it his purpose in life to work with addicts and educate parents on how to help their kids.
    George E. Leary Jr., M.A., provides mental health services to addicts and those living with HIV/AIDS. He established and operated two recovery houses in Baltimore, Maryland, and served for nine years on a mobile crisis intervention team.

    Disclosure:  I have worked directly on the publicity campaign for this book.


    Zibilee said...

    I am lucky bough to have very open relationships with my teenage children, but there are a lot of people out there who struggle mightily with this issue. I can see that this is a book that many parents need to spend some time reading, and can imagine that it's probably one of the most important subjects that a parent has to deal with. Very nice review today. I think the book sounds excellent and very helpful.

    LisaMM said...

    Excellent review. These types of conversations are so difficult to have with your kids and it's good to have concrete information about how to do it and what to say.

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