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Book Spotlight: Reconnecting with your distant teen

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Full disclosure: We haven't read this book yet, but we're still recommending it. It sounds like a valuable book for all fathers. Just read the summary: "Father writes about how a reestablished connection with his suddenly sick daughter changed his life five years later."

You hear all the time that parents must maximize the little time they have with their children while they are still young. This concept eventually becomes reality for every parent who is given the luxury to watch his or her child grow. However as our children become young adults, many parents are reluctant to get too personal with their young teen, mainly because of an initial barrier usually set by the teen, and the embarrassment that comes with not knowing how to break the wall, to stay connected.

This is a familiar experience for book author Paul Stepusin, a good father and successful businessman who always provided for his family and then some. But as his daughter Rebecca turned 18 and was heading to college, he knew that although there was an obvious mutual love, a deeper bond that was once held between the two was diminishing.

As she was becoming a woman, Paul had a tough time accepting she was not daddy’s little girl anymore. Once inseparable, Paul and Rebecca were getting use to not spending one on one time with each other---until a routine check-up with the family doctor happened.

That routine check-up later revealed that Rebecca suffered from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that usually affects children much younger than her. The road to treatment was one of much uncertainty and unanswered questions. But one thing Paul was certain about was re-bonding with his daughter, despite how uncomfortable or embarrassing it may be for him.

Paul’s book, Rare captures how he was able to reconnect his father/daughter bond with Rebecca, and how important it was for both of them to do so, while cancer was looming. He stresses how parents must overcome their pride and take the time to open up with their child emotionally. It is only then when true personal moments are captured between a parent and a child.

It has been five years now since Rebecca has passed away from her cancer. As he thinks about her each and everyday, his fondness memories of her come from their re-bonding experience they both shared late in her life. He thanks God for having that opportunity to reconnect, and credits his closure with her death with the spiritual bond they established as fought cancer.

For more on Paul, Rebecca, and how they were able to break the barrier during the most shaky parts of their lives, visit



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