Thursday, March 27, 2008

Richard Dudum and What Your Mother Never Told You

Richard Dudum is a San Francisco trial attorney, a realtor, a musician, a summer camp director, and a cancer survivor. He is also a husband, and the father of two sons and two daughters.

The best part of his life has been the past twenty-eight years working with hundreds of teenagers and young adults, including his own children. He's tried to provide tools to help them successfully communicate and navigate through the turbulent teenage years. Over the years, he's seen the same issues hurt so many girls so many times that he decided to write down his insights, thoughts, and advice. The result is his new book, What Your Mother Never Told You.

Read an excerpt:

Chatper 61 - This Book is a Downer and is Killing my Social Life

I'm not trying to ruin your social life by writing this book. It's your life, not your social life that I am interested in.

If I didn't think you were worth it, I wouldn't take my time writing this book. You may think I don't know you. You're right, but I know who you can be. I know what you are capable of. I have spent the last twenty-eight years talking to teenagers and young adults just like you. You all share so many beautiful things in common. What I discuss in this book relates to all of you. You are not alone. You are absolutely worth my time in writing this book.

I want you to have fun, go to parties, meet boys and girls, dance, laugh, sing, and have a great time. At the same time, I want you to always anticipate and avoid potentially harmful people, places, situations, and the type of fun that can blur your reputation. I want you to always be smart and safe. I want you to try your best never to cross the line. I want you to make perfectly clear to the world exactly where your line is so that there is never a shadow of doubt about who you are, what you do, and where you stand—by doing so, I want you to define yourself!

I want you to be confident, elegant, and hold yourself to the highest standard, a standard that is beyond compare. A standard that YOU can and will always be proud of. I am ask­ing you to be your very best all of the time. When you walk in a room, I want everyone there to have the absolute greatest respect for you and to hold you in the highest regard. I want you to always respect yourself.

But far more important than what I want is what YOU want. YOU have to want all of these things. I am absolutely not asking any more of you than you should ask of yourself. Do these things for YOU—not for me—not for anyone else—only YOU!

Don't worry, your life and social life will be great. Keep on reading. We're almost finished!

What Your Mother Never Told You can be purchased at

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