Ready to Launch
How Prepared are they for the Real World?
How is Ready to Launch different from every other self-help book that touches on parenting styles?
Ready to Launch is not a self-help book. It contains actionable, implementable how-to instructions, leaving the breadth of that implementation to the members of the individual household.
Who is the target audience (who would most benefit from reading) for Ready to Launch?
While initially written for young couples starting their own families, we quickly realized through our early pre-release feedback that this book is appropriate for grandparents, parents, young adults, college students and young folks alike. Taking responsibility for and understanding the complexity of running a life or a household are essential skills being taught in this book and are not age-specific.
What age do you recommend that a child read this book?
We don’t specifically recommend that a child read the book at any specific age, but rather that each member of the family read the book and then come together to discuss what they might like to implement in their own household. We hope to generate family discussions centered on collective responsibility, discipline and time management, to name a few.
Can this book help parents figure out their kids and launch them in the right direction?
We feel that this can indeed help. By engaging in conversations early on with kids about the direction that most appeals to them, rather than by where an adult feels they are best-suited, we hope that the process of self-discovery will lead to more motivated individuals who have a better understanding that to achieve success in their dreams, they will need to take the working part of it seriously.
What led you to write this book?
We discovered through personal experience that a handbook imparting this type of education is truly needed. Brett’s recent transition to living independently was an eye-opening experience, wherein he discovered many of the things he had not previously learned about life in the Real World. Dina has spoken with hundreds of clients and their children, and realized that while parents seek to provide their kids with the best possible start, most are daunted by the prospect of how to pass along both correct and meaningful knowledge to help them do so. While we feel that learning on your feet can empower a motivated individual, we also believe that constructively discussing the topics covered in the book throughout childhood will greatly increase the likelihood of success for anyone in making a smooth transition into the Real World.
What kind of shift are you hoping to direct among today’s kids through this book?
It is our hope that through the implementation of these ideas in the home, kids are given considerable insight into the Real World, and the sometimes harsh fiscal realities of it, long before they need to function independently as a part of it. We feel this will help kids understand the value of a hard-earned dollar, thereby reducing their immediate need to spend that dollar and perhaps lead to a shift away from our presently highly-leveraged consumer base.
What are you hoping to achieve from a societal perspective in writing this book?
If the goal of our country is to have less government oversight and regulation, then the price for that victory is the ownership of our responsibility as individuals living with true freedom. The work all needs to be done, and everyone needs to be responsible for a part of it – whether at the household level or that of the nation as a whole.