Cederick’s childrearing perspective couldn’t be timelier. Have you seen the stories of mothers and sons who haven’t learned to work together, such as Ohio boys swipe mom’s BMW, drive 650 miles to Kansas City (http://bit.ly/
The PBS documentary Raising Cain: Boys in Focus, hit the issues head on stating boys are 15% more likely to be imprisoned than girls, and they account for nearly 85% of all teen suicides.
Cederick grew up with his mother in Houston, TX. After his parents divorced his behavior grew progressively worse right underneath his mother’s nose as she worked tirelessly to provide. After hitting rock bottom at 19, Cederick says he finally got clarity. In 2006, he wrote a letter to his mother that became the framework for his first book, The Big Payback.
Black Enterprise Magazine ran a full page story on his journey in 2007, which helped the book gain national exposure. BLACK ENTERPRISE, stated, “Let me start with the bottom line: Every single mother faced with the daunting task of raising a male child from boy to man should read this book.”
The Seven Secrets differs from The Big Payback and many other books on the topic by providing the mother and son with a long-term vision for their lives. Mothers can pair their book with the lessons in Cederick’s book for young men, A Flying Start (http://bit.ly/
Cederick says the seven secrets are:
• Start with Self-confidence
• Provide Your Team with the Best Resources
• [Re]Establish Trust and Communicate Effectively
• Establish Rules Without the Rebellion
• Prime Your Son’s Self-reliance
• Create The Family Vision and an Implementation Plan
• Progress Through Teamwork
Prior to or in the early stages of puberty is when mothers have their best shot at making a long-term impact on their developing son’s behavior patterns and life strategy. This is not the time for haphazard application of How To’s from a favorite blog. Cederick reminds mothers that life has changed dramatically in the last six years. Young men who are not aware of the best practices to make it in this era are being left behind.
A percentage of the proceeds from sales of these books go to the S.T.R.O.N.G. Association. This association’
About Cederick Tardy
Cederick Tardy is best described as an adventure seeking entrepreneur with a civic consciousness. He is the author of four books. His first two books, The Big Payback and A Head Start, were released in 2007. After being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine in November 2007, several national and local newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs, The Big Payback reached #5 on Amazon.com’s ranking for single parenting books. His most recent two books, The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Mothers and A Flying Start: Outta This World Advice for Young Men, were released in 2012.
Cederick W. Tardy II is the founder of the S.T.R.O.N.G. Association, an organization focused on Strengthening, Training, and Redefining Our Next Generation of young leaders. The organization does this through social awareness initiatives, educational materials, and events focused on building strong families. He is also the president of Cederick Tardy Enterprises LLC, a company dedicated to creating information products that teach mothers to raise men and boys to become leaders.