“16 Things Kids Can Do…” takes a unique approach to parenting by engaging and empowering kids to learn and change behaviors on their own without parental involvement. Guided by experts, children learn to work through problems in constructive ways — a process that firmly places them on the path toward achieving the results they want in other areas of their lives!

— Mark Victor Hansen


Dr. Henry Chen is the founder and past president of ACAP, a physician’s association of 450 Chinese American doctors based in New York City.

Being a respected doctor and a hardworking member of various organizations, I am used to having other people listen to what I say and show me a certain degree of respect.

No where is this more true than in my private practice and hospital affiliations. For in my home I may be yet be King of the castle, but it is a castle often ruled by my three boys. My commands go unheeded, my directives go unfulfilled, and my decrees are often mocked and scorned.

Such is the life and lot of most parents so I’m told. It’s hard enough to educate children when they’re young and you’re still the center of their attention — but when they get older and you’re competing with friends, television and the internet … the difficulties can rise exponentially. And one of the most important things we can do for our children is to teach them to have respect and responsibility for themselves and for their family.

So when I had the good fortune of reading the manuscript for 16 Things Kids Can Do To Keep Parents Off Their Backs and Out of Their Bathrooms, it was with great pleasure that I offered to get involved. In this book I found a sound method for kids to achieve these goals and more. The Kid’s Pledge is a prime example.

And now, after years of struggle, here was my chance to finally get some satisfaction! To have some things go our, the parents, way. And best yet we don’t have to do the heavy lifting, the kids do it themselves along with the Medical Experts. And with the accompanying Blog, there is a built-in support system with other kids, parents, medical professionals and sponsors.

The beauty of the system is that the kids get to check out the beneficial results themselves, and enlist others in their support if they need to. All of the negative emotional baggage from parents vs. kids dynamics is removed from the equation, and what’s left is a strong support network.

Medical Experts add their supporting comments and professional credentials to a host of different situations kids find themselves struggling with on a daily basis. And by following the program, kids learn the benefits of a host of beneficial traits … respect, responsibility and discipline — not to mention better health and hygiene!

I encourage people to get involved with this program; kids, parents, and fellow medical professionals alike. It’s a wonderful opportunity to do something that can have a tangible, positive impact on people’s lives … and, both as a doctor and a parent I should know shouldn’t I?