Just One More Thing – Before You Leave Home – Review



Just One More Thing – Before You Leave Home

I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, which you will find below.

Did you ever wish you had a manual telling you just what you really need to impress upon your kids before they leave home?  As a parent, we can often question ourselves and our ability to equip our kids with what they need to succeed.  If you need some parenting input from a couple who’s been there, you won’t want to miss this book!

Now, I have already had one child leave home and go off to college, things have went fairly well with all things considered.  But after reading, “Just One More Thing – Before You Leave Home” by David and Bernice Gudgel there are a few areas I wish I would have concentrated on a bit more to make things even smoother as my daughter left home.

It can be a daunting process of preparing your child to leave home and really be a “grown up” and ready for adulthood.  Hopefully you’ve been already sharing your perspective on life, morals and values as your child matures, but this book gives a specific outline of topics to cover which are a perfect gauge to make sure you are on the right track and not missing any big points

The book is outlined as a resource for parents, but also written with the goal of a parent and child working through the book together, with some discussion questions in a “think if through” section, which I love.  Practical questions and thoughts to really bring home the message of the chapters.

Just One More Thing is filled with practical advice to help teens transition out of the house and into the rest of their life as capable and responsible adults.

In the book, the Gudgels use stories, perspectives, and dialogues to discuss 30 indispensable topics.  You’ll find chapters on a variety of chapters, including:

  • Choices
  • Convictions
  • Love
  • Money
  • Spending
  • Lie Purpose
  • Priorities
  • Moral Dilemmas
  • Failure
  • Practical Skills
  • and Sex 

This book is like a “life manual” and I even found it good to review some of the topics the author was sharing – even at my age of 46!  

If you have a teenager in the house and are wanting to prepare for the years to come with allowing your child to mature and grow and become an adult ready for adulthood, grab a copy of this book and set aside some time to read it.  Then as your child approaches the time to venture out on his own, spend some time reviewing the material together.  

I certainly wish I had this book before, but I have it now – and still have 3 kids at home!

For more information on this book and the author, please click here.

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  1. Thank you so much, Susan, for suggesting this book. Wow, I only read the first page before I bought it and I know it will ‘speak’ to my son who is a Senior this year and looking forward to his freedom in college soon. I am a High School teacher and wish I could buy this book in bulk and give to all my graduating Seniors. What a blessing that would be! Thanks again for your review and sharing.

  2. So glad – yes, my 16 year old will get it and I hope to go through it with him to touch an the many points that the authors share. It is a great jumping off place for conversation!

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