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Book Review: Wommack’s The Art of Parenting: Lessons From Parents and Mentors of Extraordinary Americans

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Wommack’s The Art of Parenting: Lessons From Parents and Mentors of Extraordinary Americans by David Wommack is a delightful book which covers the precise details of setting an example and providing advice to children and young adults. The author quotes from important mantras developed by well known Americans like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julia Child and Warren Buffet. Wommack sets forth a famous personality followed by mantras which apply to the person in everyday life.

For instance, Warren Buffet explained that taking children to work and involving them with the inner mechanics of the business would instill important lessons for later life. Buffet showed how his father took him to the business and allowed him to do research. In addition, his father would assemble everyone to the dinner table each night to discuss the news of the day, money and philosophy.

Buffet also spoke of the importance of teaching children the benefits of saving and investing money. Buffet had a considerable paper route as a boy and had to figure out how to deliver newspapers to the customers in the most efficient manner. This experience taught him to cast aside arrogance as a character trait and deal forthrightly with people. Warren believed that people should be able to think for themselves and support decisions with clear logic.

Wommack explains and provides examples of how parents should make every day count and serve as role models. Criticism should be slow while compliments should be more frequent and generous in nature to build confidence. Fear of failure is often a stumbling block for attempting anything important or great. Obstacles should be seen as opportunities which inspire action. Consequences of actions should be thoroughly supported with details and logic.

Wommack’s The Art of Parenting: Lessons From Parents and Mentors of Extraordinary Americans is a good primer for parents to instill values in young adults beginning at an early age. Most parents will have seen some of the material enunciated by the author but not all of it.

Just about every important situation is covered by Wommack together with short stories which elucidate the concepts in everyday practice. The presentation is politically neutral. That is, famous persons on both sides of the political aisle are cited and quoted extensively. The author’s neutral stance adds considerable credibility and objectivity to the presentation.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.