This post is a review of the book With All Due Respect by Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock.
I’m a teacher and I frequently joke that being teacher is a lot like being a parent. I also have an infant daughter. When I saw the book With All Due Respect and saw that it is geared towards raising teenagers, I figured it would be a worthwhile read. While I did find some useful material in the book, its cover and description are a little misleading. The book is described to be aimed at parents, but as a dad and teacher of high school students, the key thought I had at the end of the book was, “I think I would have been able to get more out of this if I was a woman.”
The book is laid out to present a different relationship establishing/building/developing strategy which a parent- mom, specifically- can implement per day over a course of forty days. And from a man’s perspective, the main ideas of each chapter are valid and worth it. It is a helpful reminder to have someone else emphasize the important of authenticity, honesty, open communication, helping guide teens through interpersonal relationships, etc. This is all great and the practical way in which the authors treat the subjects is helpful and thoughtful. Where I got hung up throughout the book was the emotional level with which I think a mom would connect that I just can’t.
In one of the chapters, the story is told about one of the writers at a women’s morning gathering during a weekday at church, receiving a call from the daughter’s boyfriend’ mother that both her son and the writer’s daughter were both home sick from school, and then the chapter goes into the psychological worry game about whether the kids were being honest or not. ***I am not going to spoil that chapter.*** All that stated, I kept thinking, “Really? Worked up over that? Wait until you get home, talk to your daughter, and if she was full of it, give appropriate consequences. Game over.” Moments throughout this book distracted me.
With All Due Respect is a book full of practical pointers for parents, predominantly of the mother persuasion. If you know me and would like to borrow my copy of the book, please let me know. I’ll be happy to loan it out until Kizzy is a teenager and Sarah will want to read it.
I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for writing a review on the book. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are my own.