Messengers in Denim by Parnell Donahue

Many years of pediatric experience have taught Dr. Parnell Donahue that the unique perspective of teens is an invaluable resource for parents who want their children to become men and women of character. His often frank discussions with teenagers cover topics familiar to parents – drugs, sex, suicide, medical care, financial responsibility, self-image, religion, even…

Many years of pediatric experience have taught Dr. Parnell Donahue that the unique perspective of teens is an invaluable resource for parents who want their children to become men and women of character.

His often frank discussions with teenagers cover topics familiar to parents – drugs, sex, suicide, medical care, financial responsibility, self-image, religion, even the importance of being nice – but with the added benefit of revealing how teens feel about these and other subjects, and what teens perceive their parents feel about those same issues.

Each teen’s true story reminds us that, despite appearances, our children carefully watch everything we as parents say and do – and they usually follow our lead. Dr. Donahue further reminds us that children want parents to teach good behavior at all times, “but use words only when necessary.” He complements his discussions with medical insight that helps parents fully comprehend the issues facing their teens. The result is a poignant and ofttimes humorous discussion that challenges and usually changes parents’ perceptions of modern teenagers.

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“A Must Read For Parents”

Five Star Review on AmazonĀ By Roxanne Dallmann

I highly recommend this book. Dr. Donahue has done a great job in writing down what he has learned from his young patients, by taking time to listen to them. As parents we sometimes forget how our children watch us so closely, we need to practice what we preach. Dr. Donahue gives good parenting tips on how our children need our love, trust, support and time. My son and his wife are now parents and will be receiving this book for Christmas to help encourage them to be good parents. There is so much down to earth information in this book. What I like too is that Dr. Parnell stresses to be nice to everyone especially the people who mean the most to us, our family.

About the Author

Dr. Parnell (Par) Donahue was born on a farm near Westbrook, Minnesota, the third child in a family of nine. He earned his medical degree from Marquette University School of Medicine. He was a General Medical Officer in the USAF, and practiced pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and adolescent sports medicine in Hartford and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in Atlanta, Georgia. Since his retirement he works part time at the Nashville Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) doing physical exams on candidates applying for entrance into the United States military services.

Dr. Donahue is the author of the popular “Germs Make me Sick”, a book about childhood illnesses, and “Sports Doc”, one of the first sports medicine books and the first one directed to high school and college athletes. His current book, “Tools for Effective Parenting” supplements “Messengers in Denim, The Amazing Things Parents Can Learn form Teens”. Both books are intended to help parents raise their kids to be men and women of character.

Par (as he likes to be called) is a master gardener. He enjoys playing golf, reading, wood-working, cooking for friends and family, and is currently learning to play the bag pipe. Since his retirement he has volunteered at Salvus, a clinic for underinsured children; taught at-risk teens in an after-school program; and served on the board of CASA, a program which advocates for kids who, through no fault of their own, end up in the court system. He was recently become a member of the parish council at his church.

Par is a member of the Irish and American Pediatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a past member of the AMA, the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Georgia Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics, and the Wisconsin Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics.

He, his wife Mary, and their dog Belle live in Brentwood, Tennessee, near their three sons. All of whom are on the faculty at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine. Their daughter Maura teaches international business and is the director of The Program for Christian Leadership at the University of Dayton in Ohio. They have fourteen grandchildren between the ages of nine and twenty.

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