The Overly Honest Teacher

Parenting Advice from the Classroom

Non-Fiction - Parenting
128 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2020
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Author Biography

Meredith Essalat is a K-8 school principal in San Francisco, CA and author of The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom, which was published on October 13, 2020. With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she started off in collegiate student activities before moving into both elementary and secondary academic communities. She spent nine years in middle school education as both teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. In each of these opportunities, she witnessed the gamut of the scholastic, social, and developmental experiences of today's student. She possesses a BA in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Essalat resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Visit for her valuable lessons learned both inside and outside the classroom.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom by Meredith Essalat is an insightful and thought-provoking book that will guide parents to prioritize their children, set boundaries and realistic goals, and accept and love children as they learn and grow. The author's experience as a teacher helps parents understand the benefits of allowing their children to earn their grades honestly and understand the importance of hard work. This book is a good tool for parents to strengthen their parenting skills and give them the confidence to raise smart and intelligent children. Today's children are under a lot of pressure and they have no time to simply be. This book will help parents teach their children to form their own opinions, make up their own minds, and accept others without concentrating on their faults and making a judgment.

The techniques and strategies in The Overly Honest Teacher are simple, logical, and easy to incorporate. Reading this book is also a good way for parents to evaluate themselves and the role they play in the lives of their children when it comes to many aspects of their upbringing. The approach to the topic is interesting and engaging and the tips and tools are well-balanced and help make parental involvement positive and responsible. Meredith Essalat deals with a relevant topic in a unique and refreshing manner and her experience as a school teacher is palpable in her views. The three E's - Explain, Elaborate, Establish - can be tried out for healthy communication with a child. The book has dealt with the topic in an extensive and methodical manner which makes it easy for parents to comprehend and apply her suggestions and ideas. Enhancing the quality of communication with children plays a key role when it comes to a healthy upbringing.