Don't Feed the Bears

How Parents Can Set Their Kids Up for Failure

by Don Levin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/22/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781449060282
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 124
ISBN : 9781449060299

About the Book

Even the best of parents with the purest and most idealistic intentions to provide a better life for their children can set them up for failure by confusing better with easier.



So how do we provide our children with the opportunities and tools for greater success without spoiling them? How do we insure that we have positioned them for this greater standard of living without overly indulging them? No doubt it is a balancing act, and requires planning, forethought, and consistency. It also requires a long term vision, short term goals, and an incredible degree of hard work on the part of both parents working in unison to provide a stable foundation. It means not sacrificing teaching experiences when an easier choice or route presents itself. It means that from the day that youngster is born you plan on working hard, making a plan, and then working your plan as parents. It means modeling the way by living an exemplary life of courage, integrity, and character. It requires a positive attitude through which we can constantly encourage their hearts. It means establishing standards and requirements, and enforcing them. A newly planted tree can be straightened or held in place with the thinnest of wires. However, if we ignore the crooked sapling for any length of time it is often too late and too difficult to make a change when it has had a chance to grow in ways contrary to those that we desire. Children require constant nourishment to the soul, probably even more than they need to have their physical needs met by us. Remembering this is often our greatest challenge.


“If you are a parent, you need to read this book.”

-Chris Sorensen

Author of The Greatest Discovery

About the Author

Don Levin is a former Attorney at Law with over thirteen years of general practice experience, and nine years as a court appointed arbitrator. He is also a retired U.S. Army officer, with over twenty three years of commissioned service spent in a variety of command and staff positions, twelve years of which were at the General Staff level. He is also a past senior sales leader for two Fortune 200 companies.


Don earned his JD from The John Marshall Law School, his MPA from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and the Defense Strategy Course, U.S. Army War College.


In his spare time, Don enjoys other forms of writing and is the author of the previously released military legal thriller The Code, the legal story Broken Code, as well as the historical fiction novel Knight’s Code. His non-fiction work includes telling and editing the life story of a Holocaust survivor entitled The Gazebo. He is also the co-author of the leadership book entitled The Leader Coach: Exposing Your Soul.  He is currently working on several additional projects to include the companion volume to this work entitled Eight Points of the Compass.


Don is very active with his church and within the community, and resides with his wife Susie, in Richmond, VA. They have five children, eight grandchildren, and two dogs aptly named Barnes and Noble.


Don may be reached at