‘Talking Smack’ should be considered essential reading for every parent. Its mere 166 pages make it a quick read but there is nothing mere or insignificant about this book. Glenn informs parents of the importance of educating their children in an easy-to-read manner that will leave you feeling encouraged, empowered and equipped rather than overwhelmed by the task. Filled with practical tips, ideas, conversation-starters and solid evidence-based information, ‘Talking Smack’ is the perfect tool-box for parents who want to protect their children from the very real dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Towards the end of ‘Talking Smack’, Glenn includes an interview between himself, a mother and her daughter about their experience with drugs and alcohol. I loved that after all the positive advice, tips and information, Glenn addresses the fact that there is still the very real possibility of good kids taking risks with drugs and alcohol. Throughout this interview, Glenn seeks to encourage parents to be prepared and to think carefully about how to handle these types of surprises without damaging the parent-child relationship that becomes tender and fragile under the weight of such pressure.
Glenn’s heart and desire to see families grow and become strong comes through clearly throughout ‘Talking Smack’. I was able to see beyond his extensive professional experience and knowledge of the subject and into the tender father-heart that drives him to educate other parents to be the best parents they can be.