This book is a conversation between a mom and a daughter. Mom spills her guts about all the lies she has told her daughter.
This book is funny and serious at the same time. The conversation between mom and daughter is very raw. They talk about heavy topics in a very lighthearted manner. This book serves as a centerpiece on the kitchen table. Parents and teenagers will appreciate the candid language that cuts across all generations and cultural groups.
There is a section that has comments that the author found on Facebook. The author's Facebook friends asked for their comments to be included in the book. Each comment addresses the discussion question of what an 18-year-old should think about when planning their future. The advice is insightful and educational. Teens enjoy hearing about all the lies that parents tell. Parents enjoy the family games in which they can use to put their kids on the spot.
One game is called the Blame Game, where family members practice placing blame on others. The lesson teaches that each family member should practice taking responsibility for their own actions and not blame others. Another game is called the Interview game, which teaches grandparents how to conduct interviews with their grandchildren. The point is for families to learn how to connect and form tighter bonds with each other through verbal communication. The Happiness game and the Shower game are both games that you can play by yourself to become a better person. You will learn how to shower yourself with compliments, and you will learn how to change your state of mind from sad to happy in 30 seconds.
The author is a classroom teacher who uses these strategies in the classroom on a daily basis. She has taught English and history at middle school and high school levels. Her 18 years of experience is bottled up within this book for parents and teens to enjoy. This book is a special gift to families with adolescents and teenagers.