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Ready or Not, Here Life Comes by Mel Levine

Ready or Not, Here Life Comes

by Mel Levine

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I read this book because someone left it behind in a vacation cottage we rented and I couldn't put it down, despite it not directly applying to my stage of life or that of my little one. Author Mel Levine clearly has a tremendous degree of experience and passion in this area of 20-somethings/"start-up" adults, but more than that page after page is filled with insights, thoughts, examples, and prescriptions, almost to the nth degree. The book wowed me in its completeness on the topic. Well-conceived, well-organized, well-written. Would recommend as a must-read if you have teen-aged children or 20-something children that are having a hard time getting started as adults. ( )
  FranklynCee | Jul 9, 2013 |
Not overly helpful guide in preparing a what the author refers to as "start-up adults" for the real world. Aimed at the transition from school (college) to work. ( )
  edwardlally | Jul 17, 2006 |
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More than ever, young adults are struggling with career and life decisions that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Some return home to live with their parents, or find themselves in unsatisfying jobs, or lack a sense of direction in their lives. They suffer from what Dr. Mel Levine calls "work-life unreadiness," which prevents them from making the transition to full adulthood and which can cause considerable anguish. In Ready or Not, Here Life Comes, Dr. Levine examines why many young people seem to stall before beginning their adult lives and shows how they can get back on track.

There is much that young adults can do to improve their work-life readiness. Colleges can help too. In addition, parents and schools can better prepare children for a successful launch into adulthood, says Dr. Levine, by giving young people the skills they will need to thrive in the adult world. He suggests ways for schools to focus less on college prep (which generally amounts to "college admissions prep") and, instead, teach "life prep." At the same time, Dr. Levine recommends that parents balance their inclination to support their children with decisions that will offer them greater independence.

Insightful, wise, and compassionate, Ready or Not, Here Life Comes is a book that can help adolescents and young adults -- with an assist from parents and educators -- get a head start on a productive and successful adult life.

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A nationally known pediatrician and author addresses the question of why some youngsters make a successful transition into adulthood while others do not. Parents and schools often raise children in a highly structured world, leaving them unable to cope on their own. Dr. Levine urges that schools teach "life prep," equipping adolescents with what they will need to succeed as adults. He identifies these skills as "the four I's": inner direction, or self-awareness; interpretation, or understanding the outside world; instrumentation, or the acquisition of mental tools; and interaction, or the ability to relate to other people effectively. He offers advice for young adults who find themselves unable to navigate the world of careers.… (more)

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