Parents Who Don't Do Dishes (And Other Recipes for Life [NOOK Book]

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Nearly 15 years ago, Richard Melnick was diagnosed with cancer. His children, two young boys, were only three and five years old and the diagnosis inspired Richard to rethink his approach to parenting. Fueled by a sense of urgency, he introduced Jackson and Josh to ideas typically thought of as adult: introspection, responsibility, acceptance, gratitude. He wanted them to be secure in the world, without panic or existential crisis.

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Overview

Nearly 15 years ago, Richard Melnick was diagnosed with cancer. His children, two young boys, were only three and five years old and the diagnosis inspired Richard to rethink his approach to parenting. Fueled by a sense of urgency, he introduced Jackson and Josh to ideas typically thought of as adult: introspection, responsibility, acceptance, gratitude. He wanted them to be secure in the world, without panic or existential crisis.

Richard has long since recovered his health and enjoying life. In “Parents Who Don't Dishes” (and other recipes for life) he reflects on his parenting style and who his children have become. He can see they understand these ideas from how they choose to be and what they demonstrate in life. It is just like studying music. Remembering the melody from deep within without needing to recite the notes and chord changes. He also believes that the role of service, willingly and even cheerfully contributing to the family and the household, played an important role in their growth. From an early age, he expected his boys to pitch in around the house and it started with dishes, even when they needed a step stool to reach the sink.

In Parents Who Don't Do Dishes Richard shares his approach to parenting. Part memoir, part parenting book, and part cookbook (a family needs good eating before there can be dishes to wash), this entertaining and easy-to-read book is a recipe for living life more fully as much as it offers ideas for parenting. This book will keep readers inspired long after they’ve set it down.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015121018
  • Publisher: Mookie Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 922,920
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Richard is a life-long cook, music lover, and outdoor enthusiast. He quit his Wall Street job at age 24 and has been a private investor and occasional consultant to emerging biotech companies since then. For the last 12 years, he’s made his home base in Crested Butte, Colorado–a ski town 9,000 feet above sea level–where he has pursued life as a mountain biker, back country skier, and for the last 18 years, a father of two boys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this relatable, enlightening and ea

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this relatable, enlightening and easy-to-read testimonial of an alternative way of leading yourself and leading as a parent. Even if you aren't raising children, we are all parents to ourselves. This book provides practical wisdom for self-reflection, communication, interdependent living and riding the waves of life's various adventures in a fun and impressionable way. Thank you Richard for sharing your experience with simplicity, care, laughter and integrity.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    The author takes us along on the journey of his remarkable life.

    The author takes us along on the journey of his remarkable life. His holistic approach to living is deeply touching, and at times strikingly funny. Richard gives us an intimate look at his triumphs and struggles and in doing so challenges us to hold up a mirror to our innerselves. Insightful and moving, this book stirs the spirit and leaves the reader with a refreshing sense of new clarity. Excellent book (with excellent recipes)! A highly recommended read that should be touted as a "Practical Guide to Life"!

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    THIS is gorgeous little book that I think everyone should have.

    THIS is gorgeous little book that I think everyone should have. It is a thought provoking, inspiring, & profound read on conscious parenting~but moreover~it can be used as a handbook for life... This is a funny, brilliant, poetically written romp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    A great book for all parents! It was heartwarming and well writt

    A great book for all parents! It was heartwarming and well written and connects with any parent wanting to co-create with their children. Thanks Richard for you awesome writing skills, loved it.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    I connected with this book on such a powerful level.Richard Meln

    I connected with this book on such a powerful level.Richard Melnick shares his story of the "gift of cancer" and how it made him a better parent and a better person. Filled with deep perceptions, it inspires us to be more aware, kind, compassionate and accept life's challenges with profound grace and humor. Parents Who Don't Do Dishes is so much more than parenting guide. It's a recipe for how to live. Buy this book without hesitation.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    EPICURUS By Kia - Parents Who Don't Do Dishes (and other recipes

    EPICURUS
    By Kia - Parents Who Don't Do Dishes (and other recipes for life) (Paperback)
    In Parents Who Don't Do Dishes (and other recipes for life) Richard Melnick expresses directly from his heart parenting through his own personal journey . His experiences awaken the energies and challenges of being a parent in the garden of life. This is a book that will enhance your life and transform your perception and ideas of raising children . Richard integrates humility, integrity and inspiration in opening the door to enriching a parent's life, as well as some delicious recipes for appetites to enjoy!~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Richard Melnick is creating a paradigm for himself and his 2 son

    Richard Melnick is creating a paradigm for himself and his 2 sons which is largely absent in our culture of men, and in our society in general. This missing link is the development of male consciousness through the various rites of passage which have been part of the male ritual in times past. In his personal family context Richard is assisting this very vital passage of his sons through the ritual of transforming their pain so that they do not transmit their pain. He is recreating, reestablishing, and reinitiating the male way of feeling in his sons. Such spiritual feeling comes through the inevitable sufferings and so-called failures, and what we do with them as we emerge. Our current social ambience and attendant electronic gadgetry attempts to distract us all, male and female, from the growth with which we are tasked by normal living. The best teachers are those who walk the journey with us. And so it is with Richard and his sons. Be so inspired yourself. Submitted by John R.M. Day, M.D.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Richard Melnick's lovely little book of 100 pages is little in s

    Richard Melnick's lovely little book of 100 pages is little in size but not in meaning. If we have the privilege to be parents, raising our children is the most important and challenging job we are entrusted with. Richard's natural instincts about how to raise his sons (without the micromanagement that seems to be the theme of modern day) is downright refreshing. He also simultaneously helps us understand the ways in which he has grown and become more aware of his own heart and mind. He shares techniques for living in the moment yet being a responsible human and parent, and treating small tasks such as dishwashing with wonder. As a psychiatrist I am often suggesting books to patients (and friends) when they seem overwhelmed both with their pace of life and the daunting task of parenting. This is now on the top of my list. Richard's humor, compassion, and wisdom make this book a must-read. Somehow that fact that he went through a divorce and cancer never make one feel the least bit sorry for him, as he used those experiences to grow ever more appreciative of the time he has on earth. In full disclosure I recently met him through his absolutely fabulous son Jackson, who is a treasure to have on our planet. I am so glad Jackson has been nurtured by his dad (and mom) to be the vastly creative and kind soul he was meant to be. Stifling such a lovely mind and spirit so they fit into some 'societal mold' is probably happening all too often by parents who are just blindly doing what their parents modeled, or even worse, what they think will get their kids into the proper college. Richard's love of cooking and his lessons to his boys about cleaning the kitchen are lessons that we all can continue to use even if our children are grown. I also look forward to trying his recipes, and passing the wisdom of his words with others. Lori Adelson MD

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