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What People are Saying About Wings Not Strings

“If there were such a thing as ‘Teen Experts,’ I am positive Dennis and Arlyn would own that title.   The research, data and experience they bring to this book are invaluable to adults and teenagers alike. The written tools and steps to guiding both the launching of our teens as well as our role in letting them go have taken me from questioning my own abilities to now being confident that I can release them to soar.  A fantastic book and must read for every parent.”

Trisha Novotny, Founder, 24/7 Moms



“With insight, clarity, warmth, humility, grace, and intelligence, Dennis and Arlyn have provided tools for families to shape, and then launch, their children into adulthood, equipped to flourish. In page after page, their counsel is practical and accessible. Dennis and Arlyn communicate their wisdom and reflections in an uncommonly incisive and readable style. We all want the best for our children, and for our children's children. Wings Not Strings will contribute mightily to that good and important result, not just for their sakes, but for society's as well.”

Scott McQuilkin, VP for Institutional Advancement, Whitworth University



Wings Not Strings is a practical and insightful guide for any parent, and the tools in it are crucial to raising strong, independent, and empowered kids who turn into exceptional adults. If you have young kids or kids about to launch, this book will be immensely helpful.”

Noel Meador, Executive Director, Stronger Families



“Wings Not Strings provides not only the perfect analogy for successfully launching young adults, but also thoughtful, practical advice and strategies on how to raise teenagers in today’s complicated culture. Wings Not Strings empowered me to see where I may be falling into certain parenting traps and then gave me actionable steps to get back on track to successfully launching my five teenagers. This book should be required reading for every parent!”

Amy Carney, Author, Parenting on Purpose



“Parenting in today’s culture is filled with so many things for us to be fearful about, and our kids’ anxiety is at an all-time high. We’re doing our best to keep our kids safe and it's not easy. We try to ensure our kids make good decisions and are successful, yet where do we step back and get involved? I am constantly confronted with parents who are striving to do everything right, yet who feel like they're failing. They question and doubt themselves and look for concrete answers. Wings Not Strings is the roadmap that provides parents with the answers they are seeking.”

Sheryl Gould, Founder and CEO, Moms of Tweens and Teens



“While we hear many complaints about ‘this generation,’ Dennis and Arlyn have gathered data and found the truth. They truly understand the pressures and challenges families face and share the tools we need to help our kids navigate the teen years to prepare them for a successful transition to adulthood. Their goal of teaching us to parent with a vision of releasing an eagle to soar to the heights, rather than a kite we continue to control—giving children wings, not strings—is a beautiful one. It’s also one that relieves the stress of parenting and guides us to doing what’s best for both our children and ourselves.”

Sandy Fowler, Co-Founder and Podcast Host, Mighty Parenting



“Wings Not Strings is a parenting book for all! Any parent, guardian, grandparent, or adult who cares for the young adult(s) in their life will benefit from reading and applying the suggestions and advice provided in this book.  We all want to raise children that are happy, healthy, considerate, caring, and productive members of society.  This book will help us all with just that.  Thank you, Dennis and Arlyn, for a job well done!”

Pam Wickman, Life Skills Teacher, Kimberly High School


As someone who works with high school students preparing for the launch, I feel this is a must-read book.  The information Dennis and Arlyn share is invaluable in preparing not only students, but also parents, for life after high school. Their insights will help equip students to be motivated, responsible, and productive citizens ready to face an ever-changing world.”

Todd Davis, Counselor, Gig Harbor High School

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