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Rite of Passage Parenting: Four Essential Experiences to Equip Your Kids for Life Review by Stephanie D. Scarborough

By Walker Moore (President/Founder of Awe Star Ministries)
Thomas Nelson Publishing
PO Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214

So many parenting books to read . . . but I'm often so busy parenting that I don't have time to read them. Now that my children are quickly approaching adolescence, this book caught my attention. In history class, I remember learning about the rites of initiation of the Pygmies and feeling quite glad I didn't live there (I much prefer my Florida location to that of Central Africa). Still, this time of transition with our kids seems intimidating to me, and I want all the help we can get.

Rite of Passage Parenting is divided into four main sections, each containing real-life experiences and Biblical references:

  • Rite of Passage-a clearly defined line that distinguishes childhood from adulthood
  • Significant Tasks-special assignments that demonstrate an individual's worth to the people he considers important
  • Logical Consequences-predictable outcomes of an action
  • Grace Deposits-statements or actions that communicate an individual's intrinsic worth in a way that he or she finds meaningful

Statements made between the author and his son made me feel better about how unequipped and confused I feel about the teen years. Caleb asked his father, Walker Moore, what he expected to accomplish with this book. The father/author replied, "Parents today are called the 'lost generation' because we have lost the tools to develop capable, responsible, self-reliant children. I want to help 'lost generation' parents become good parents." His son's reply stuck in my mind, "Dad, bad parents don't buy books." So at least I know I'm not a bad parent for feeling confused and seeking wise counsel. Moreover, the humor and transparent style of the author is inviting and the "Essential Experiences" are practical.

Unfortunately, America is full of people who want to have it now and pay later, seen by the staggering amounts of consumer debt. We all know children cost us monetarily, but time-costs are even more pronounced. If we successfully guide our children to become self-reliant, we avoid paying the higher price for the rest of our lives.

So, if you're not feeling like a trip to the rainforest, maybe a trip to the local bookstore for a copy of Rite of Passage Parenting would be more your style too.

Product review by Stephanie D. Scarborough, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2007