Ready or Not, Here Life Comes
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Ready or Not, Here Life Comes

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Every parent wants to know, "What will he be like when he's in his twenties?" After decades of observing children grow into young adults, Dr. Mel Levine, nationally known pediatrician and author, addresses the question of why some youngsters make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not.In recent years, says Dr. Levine, we have experienced an epidemic of...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Australia
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I commented on a book on child development by author Melvin Levine providing important information on the status of this author that should have been provided but wasn't given by any of the previous reviewers. This information would be vitally important background knowledge for parents considering the trustworthiness of author Dr. Melvin Levine's concern for their children's well-being. In fact, this author had been accused and legally charged with molesting thousands of children for over decade...more
Oct 13, 2007 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all parents of teenagers
I'm surprised no one has written a review. I think all parents of high school children should read this book. Levine is an excellent writer--- his prose is clear, straightforward, but memorable and wise. He is so encouraging and consistent in his view that we all have different minds and different gifts. He empathizes with the struggles of young people today, (starter adults he calls them), but the book is written for their parents and educators. He talks about typical problems, such as the fall...more
Apr 15, 2011 Jay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Transition Youth, People with Learning Disabilities, Adults unsure about vocation
Great information and anecdotes about life skills for adults, what happens when they're in place, and what happens (and what to do) when not. I enjoyed the cross-class, cross-culture examples that prioritized a good fit, passionate life, self-fulfillment, and community over societal expectations or some external measure of success.

It was a great message to hear as my own career was shifting, with his focus on building diverse experiences, the realities of work cultures, and permission to seek go...more
I imagine that most of us have experienced the confusing and scary "floundering around" years of our twenties (and beyond!). This book has some good insights into the pitfalls of that stage when you're figuring out what you want to do with your life. I think our kids will have the huge advantage of having a much better sense of themselves, but Levine does have some good ideas for smoothing the path through the "start-up years".
Buzz Barr
This book is a little dry but full of great facts (like the GenerationMe book) about teens and college aged students. It was helpful info for me as a parent who wants to prepare my children for life. It explained where the struggles seem to be and even gave info on how to help. I thought it was also great insight into being able to understand what some struggles are for this generation for those who work with them.
Very interesting book, Highly recommend for someone with a teenager (before they graduate from high school). Really made me realize why some kids have a harder time transistioning than others ! Some choose paths of their own and have very valid reasons for it !
Karen Christensen
Very intriguing book about how we're preparing (or not preparing in a lot of cases) our children to be successful adults. If you have a child between 11 and 18, I think you would find this interesting.
Frederick Bingham
A book about early adulthood by a UNC Medical professor. Mainly slanted towards college-age young people and their parents.
I'll refer to this again when kids are in high school.
I hope that my kids will read it.
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Mel Levine, M.D., was professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School and director of its Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning. He was the founder and cochairman of All Kinds of Minds, a nonprofit institute for the understanding of differences in learning, and the author of two previous national best-selling books, A Mind at a Time and The Myth of La...more
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