Keeping Kids Out of Trouble

keeping kids out of trouble book cover

Keeping Kids Out of Trouble

This isn’t too bad. Although dated, the advice is decent. Age appropriate responsibilities are outlined in an easy manner to follow. There is a casual attitude about corporal punishment that would flag anyone’s attention these days. In 1979, that wouldn’t have even been on anyone’s radar as a problem. Of course, this is also written to an audience of privileged parents and kids. There is an assumption that time and funds for good parenting are available. Of course this book is a weeder.

As I was googling around about the author, I realized that he is the author of the Peter Pan Syndrome. If you are of a certain age, you probably read this book or at least heard about it. Kiley passed away in 1996.



back cover

book summary

keep it simple

17 or 18 shape up or ship out

success or failure


  1. I had this book when I was a teen! I recall thinking that it was good advice overall, didn’t rely on shaming or bullying as a way of maintaining control, and was fair in that placed responibility/blame on parents as well as kids. It is a product of its time, though, and I’m sure there are now better books available.

  2. I read this book when I was a teenager in the early 90’s and even then I amused by its being outdated with its hippie slang and a story about a kid who wouldn’t stop talking like Scooby-Doo. And the five-year-old who screamed for candy at the store is probably in prison by now, what a terror!

  3. Casting a 5 year old’s demand for candy in public as conscious tactical hostility against their mother/father sounds OVERLY simple.

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