Parenting is a challenge that tests the best of us. As Dr. Kevin Leman has oft stated, parenting is like being in an airline emergency. When the oxygen masks drop you need to put on your own gear before trying to help others. When things start feeling out of control in life, our children need us to be focused, clear thinking, and acting effectively. Most of all, they need us to be present.
In 12 Tasks, Shel Arensen and I offer a chance for you to walk your son or daughter through a rite of passage that will enhance confidence, build relationship, strengthen growth areas and build a robust community of support. The good thing is that you won’t have to do it alone.
The first place to start is by purchasing the companion guide for the adventure ahead. Read through it step by step and keep us in touch with your questions. You could also buy the companion novel for a fun read on how it might look in a group setting as you work through the challenges of actually implementing the 12 Tasks.
About the book…
How can parents help their preteens or ‘tweens’ on their road to adulthood? Children need to know what it means to be an adult with strong character and values. 12 Tasks will guide you on how to create a rite of passage for your emerging adult. The book tells the story of where 12 Tasks began 30 years ago among some families in Kenya. It traces the history and importance of rites of passage in traditional culture. Then it offers a clear how-to for designing your own version of 12 Tasks for your child – including ways to assess your child, choosing the tasks, completing and then celebrating at the end. 12 Tasks is not an easy journey, but it will help deepen your relationship as a parent with your child and it will help you guide your son or daughter in their transition toward adulthood.
This book was written by two fathers who are passionate about helping their children and grandchildren make a successful transition from being youth to being adults. 12 Tasks offers a personal and practical path for parents with the same passion to help their children on the journey to adulthood.
About the book…
Jack Taylor has also authored a short companion novel about a father doing the 12 tasks with his son.
Vincent Lau and his son Stephen deal with the realities of modern life while trying to negotiate the next steps of maturity. Can a group of fathers cross cultural and generational boundaries to help their sons overcome a life-changing adventure?
Stocked with the skeletal core of what the 12 Tasks are all about.