Book Review | Red Flags or Red Herrings

Title: Red Flags or Red Herrings?: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become

Author: Susan Engel

My Review:

Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become by Susan Engel is an interesting book that seeks to encourage parents to “stop worrying about their young children’s future and stop trying to control their formative years.”

I will admit that I have often wondered what my children will grow up to become and sometimes speculate based on their natural abilities. For example, will my son be a builder or my daughter a veterinarian? Will my youngest become a loving husband or a dedicated bachelor? I suppose it ultimately doesn’t matter as long as they grow up to be happy, loving and productive adults, right?

The author has an extensive background in child development as a psychologist and her life experiences as a mother. As a mother of young children, I especially appreciated that she included many different real life stories and experiences to back up her data. I also like that it puts into perspective those potentially troublesome predictors that may lead to dangerous behaviors. For example, the recent shootings in Arizona are terrifying to parents who worry that their children may grow up to be violent or anti-social or just as bad, be on the receiving end of a bully or aggressive child.

After reading Red Flags or Red Herrings: Predicting Who Your Child Will Become I feel a bit more confident checking my parental anxiety at the door and allowing my beautiful children to grow up with the understanding that they will become exactly who they are meant to be!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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