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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Dominique Wilkins takes a hard look at the issues that affect our children and their lives in The Bad Parent. When Gina fell for Big Dave, it seemed like she had found her perfect match. She knew little about him, but they seemed to “get each other.” What she hadn’t bargained on was that Big Dave would disappear as soon as Lil’ Dave was born. Gina would be saddled with raising an overactive child that had been targeted by the schools as a menace. Gina tries everything and even asks for help from teachers and administrators for professional advice for Lil' Dave’s problems. She discovers that “professional” simply doesn't exist at Dave’s school and is finally relieved to have him relocated to another. Her relief is short lived, however, as professionalism is not a part of the vocabulary of the new school either. Gina eventually discovers Lil' Dave has ADHD/bipolar, which answers many of her questions, but it might simply be too late to save him.
The Bad Parent is an accusation against the education system in the U.S. Dominique Wilkins has written an excellent short story which not only illustrates the problems that ADHD poses for parents and teachers, but has also exposed one of the many reasons that children struggle through school without receiving any professional help. He also graphically illustrates the consequences that follow in the footsteps of ignoring a serious illness. The scripture references that are mixed within the story give an excellent look into the wisdom which God provides for parents in His Word as well. Bold, thought provoking, and tragic; The Bad Parent will take you by the throat and won’t let go.