Parenting Book Recommendation by Josh Shipp

Depth Podcast Episode 159: Parenting Book Recommendation — Jodi Rosser

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What if you were the one? What if you were “the Rodney” in your teenager’s life? Let me explain.

Back in 2018, I read a book called *The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans by Josh Shipp. Well Josh shares his story about growing up as a foster kid who had been in and out homes for years. His goal when he arrived at a new home was to see how quickly he could get kicked out. He even kept a journal in which he would write the date he arrived, the date he was kicked out and what strategy he used to get the boot. Each time, he tried to beat his record. 

All of this changed when he arrived at Rodney’s house at age 14. After 3 years of being disrespectful and mischievous, Rodney still did not kick him out. Josh decided to try one final reckless choice in which he ended up in jail. He thought to himself, this was it; Rodney will finally kick me to the curb. After spending the night in jail, Rodney picked him up and said the following to him, “Josh, you keep causing trouble, keep pushing us away, keep acting out but you gotta get it through your thick head son. We don’t see you as a problem. We see you as an opportunity.” Rodney changed Josh’s life forever and these words were the turning point.

What if you are the Rodney in your son’s or daughter’s life. Maybe you are wondering why I am sharing about this book, but I am so excited to tell you about the book recommendations I am going to be doing in between the podcast interview episodes. I love to talk about books, but with my new schedule, I am not able to interview every week, so in the weeks in between, I am going to be sharing about books that have made an impact on my life.

I also have another exciting announcement that I share at the end of the episode about another new series to the podcast. I will wait and let you listen for that special addition!

If you are parenting a child nine or older, then you do not want to miss the wisdom from Josh’s book!

Also, I am so excited for someone to win a copy of Josh’s book: *The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans. All the details of the book giveaway are on my website at or you can click this direct link:

Another Teenage Parenting Book Recommendation:

Depth Podcast Episode 14: Mark Oestreicher’s *Understanding Your Young Teen

*Note: If you are interested in purchasing this book or the books recommended, I would love for you to use the Amazon Affiliate link above to help support the podcast. Thank you!

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I love to get the right book into a reader’s hands! After each podcast, I will be giving away a copy of the book that I am recommending!