PARENTING

How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results

Houghton Harcourt. May 2019. 336p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781328974860. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781328974938. CHILD REARING
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OrangeReviewStarAn educator, journalist, and mother of three daughters, Wojcicki launched the media arts program at Palo Alto High School, CA, and helped establish the Google Teacher's Academy. Her daughters are no slouches either: CEO of YouTube, founder and CEO of the large biotech company 23andMe, and a Fulbright scholar and medical researcher. In the foreword, they share what it was like to be raised the "Woj" way (an affectionate nickname given Wojcicki by her students), which advocates the values of TRICK: trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. Financial responsibility, open-mindedness, fearlessness, and an appreciation for life were traits the author helped to instill in her students and children. For example, in grade school, Wojcicki taught her daughters about compound interest. Determined to save at least a few thousand dollars a year, they began small businesses, such as selling spice ropes, which netted hundreds of dollars for sixth grader Susan.
VERDICT In a time of increased anxiety and helicopter parenting, Wojcicki's advice on helping your child lead seems to speak for itself. A must-read for parents of children of all ages.

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