Cross-Generational Relationships: Part of a Balanced Upbringing

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R.C. White pens fiction as tribute to granddaughter

Children are amazing sponges, they pick up what they see all through life but I believe the most important characteristics begin when they are young children.

The age-old debate of nature vs. nurture: author R. C. White says it’s both.

White, formerly a CEO of a multimillion-dollar corporation in the petrochemical industry, is first and foremost a family man. To demonstrate his relationship with his granddaughter, White writes the entertaining fiction, “Amanda: Papa’s Story.”

Chronicling the unique bond between grandfather and granddaughter, White’s new fiction is both entertaining and heartfelt. He highlights the important influence family has on a young child’s life, which lasts throughout their lifetime, in a classic story of perseverance and virtue.

“Children are amazing sponges, they pick up what they see all through life but I believe the most important characteristics begin when they are young children,” White says. “That's when their environment is so important, they must observe positive behavior to develop their own values in life and respect of others.”                                                                                                                                                                            

As Amanda’s character traits began to develop through his writing, White began projecting fictitious events and eventually churned out a fictional story based on his granddaughter’s thoughts and actions.

Through the fictional story of “Amanda,” White offers such important lessons as: we are defined not by what happens to us in life but by our reactions, family relationships have a major influence on a child’s life, character development begins at an early age, leadership qualities can be seen and cultivated early in a child’s life, and it is important to focus on the trend rather than an individual’s single action.

White has one ultimate goal through his new fiction: to remind readers, young and old, the importance of family members’ influence on a child’s development.

“Family members are typically the closest relationships in our early years and influence our actions more than any other,” White says. “While Amanda has not always been an "ideal" child, I did notice trends early on that showed she was developing many admirable qualities, such as unselfishness, outgoing personality, care and concern for others and even leadership.”                                                                                                                                            

“Amanda: Papa’s Story” by R. C. White
Hardcover, $37.99
Paperback, $18.99
e-Book, $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-4624-0324-0
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About the author
R. C. White resides in Houston with his wife, two daughters, son-in-law and two granddaughters. White holds an engineering and business degree, and has enjoyed a progressive career in the petrochemical industry, capped by a CEO position in a multi-million dollar corporation and front-page coverage in the Wall Street Journal. He has written several dramatic scripts, including “This Is Your Life, King David.”
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