Re-1 school board member pens book on parenting
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Myles Rovig draws from he and his wife Winnie’s own experiences raising four children in offering a few parenting tips in his newly published book, “Top Ten Trues for Teens – What Parents Need (and Kids Want).”
A Glenwood Springs representative on the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education, Rovig bases his advice on the concept of “truisms,” or statements that are commonly understood to be true, but which maybe need a little explaining.
The booklet is targeted at kids, generally from about age 10 to 16, as much as it is their parents. It includes a Kids Intro at the front of the book, and a note to parents in back.
The 29-page book is purposely short, “so kids will read it, and parents will understand it,” Rovig writes in the parents note.
“We raised our own kids [two sons and two daughters] primarily in Woodland Park, and at the time we were big into Boy Scouts and activities with the troop,” Rovig said. “We had a lot of opportunities to have family gatherings and outings, and got to know our different members and their parents pretty well.”
The common experience helped them share different viewpoints on matters, not only to their own children, but to each others’ kids, too.
“The proof is in the product because, as it turned out, all of our kids have done very well in life and are now raising their own kids in a fine manner,” Rovig said. “I thought maybe there was some commonality with the characteristics we were teaching our kids, so I sat down and wrote an outline.”
The 10 “trues” covered in the book include such things as trust, self pride, love and respect, with some notes on playing nice, working things out, and even “the talk.”
“Please understand that ultimately you are in charge of your body and you will decide the level of respect you will give it,” Rovig writes in the chapter titled “What a great body – cherish it.”
“We’re talking sex here – there, we’ve said it.”
Once he had the rough draft complete, he ran it by a friend and her 11-year-old daughter. They liked it, but the young girl suggested that he add some anecdotal stories to go along with the various pieces of advice.
“It’s mostly directed at the tweenies,” Rovig said of the pre-teen and early teen years the booklet is intended for. “But people have their own ideas about how it can fit at any age. The main message is about empowering young people to become independent adults.”
As former owners of the Glenwood Spring Beauty Academy, he and Winnie also found it applicable for the young adults they were working with.
“We also did have a good, strong faith basis which was an underlying factor in much of what we taught our own kids,” he also said. “Not everybody takes that route, and that’s fine, but the points are still the same.”
The booklet is now available locally at the Book Train and Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood Springs, as well as through Amazon.com. Rovig is also working with the various local agencies that serve youth to have copies on hand as a resource for parents.
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