Wednesday, September 25, 2013

'Parenting Your Child Leader' by Darryl Bodkin


Darryl Bodkin has written a wonderful treatise on child development and leadership. He writes from a child’s perspective on parenting and provides invaluable insight on the subject of leadership growth and development.

When I was 11 years of age, my life was torn apart by the loss of my father in a tragic construction accident. It was a defining moment for me. Fortunately, my godly grandmother sat down with me and told me that I had to be the leader in our home since I was the oldest child. From that moment leadership was thrust upon me. Reading this book has caused me to reflect on that landmark day in my own childhood when I started on a leadership journey.

I commend Darryl Bodkin’s book to you for your enjoyment and personal growth. I believe every parent who reads it will benefit from the lessons taught on parenting and will gain an understanding of how to encourage the development of leadership qualities in children. Proverbs 3:5–6 is a sterling reminder of the potential for vital Christian leadership within every child that is born into God’s big world.

Dr. Stan A. Toler
Bestselling Author
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am very pleased to endorse this book “Parenting your Child Leader” written by Mr. Darryl Bodkin at this very critical juncture in our human economy as it relates to leadership. This book is well positioned to address this pertinent subject, taking a rudimentary approach to the same.

The following quote from the author is testimony to the above, “The leaders who are tasked with confronting the concerns that face us today developed their skills and competencies from their experiences at home from parents and caregivers.”

May this thesis be so utilized that better leaders will emerge.

Scoffield Eversley, Th.D.
Caribbean Nazarene College

Darryl has always been bold enough to transform his potential into practical reality, for the time that I have known him he has always been one to motivate, encourage, teach, lead. It is therefore not surprising that he would write a book on leadership, specifically one geared toward the very ones who are naturally charged with the responsibility for raring leaders, parents. In his book Bodkin draws from his own experiences and that of selected biblical historical figures, who themselves were leaders, to give validity to his claims. He also gives very personable examples and relatable illustrations which not only clarify but also seals his position in the mind of the readers. I believe that this book is a very timely piece of literature as we witness the decay of a generation who are content with allowing various factors to make crucial decisions for them and are satisfied to simply follow what everyone else may be doing, whether right or wrong, rather than thinking for themselves and activating the leadership potential which lies dormant within them. Thank you Darryl for your obedience and your willingness to serve this present age!
Russell LĂ©once
Gospel Recording Artiste

This book is a must read, the author nailed it! As a parent it was really refreshing to get another angle on the topic of parenting. A definite eye opener that any parent can appreciate. This book is alive and real and should come in pocket book size too!
Wendy Butcher, Parent

I highly recommend this book for everyone desirous of investing in a child’s life - which speaks volumes for our future. Darryl has presented a dexterous model of Parent-caddying which is highly effective and invaluable. It presents a strong foundation for our kids to maximise their unlimited potential.
Rhonda McLean, Parent

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Darryl Bodkin has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of the West Indies (May 2008). He is a graduate of the Caribbean Nazarene College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counselling and Human Resources Management (May 2013). Darryl served as youth ministry leader for five years at the Arima Church of the Nazarene and Student Body President (August 2012- May 2013). His current ministry assignment is as Strategy Coordinator at the El Socorro Church of the Nazarene. In his professional career, he functions as the Operations Manager for Geotech Associates Limited, a civil engineering consultancy based in Trinidad and Tobago. He has represented his country at the regional level at the 2009 CARICOM Youth Exchange in Haiti and has been a facilitator for the annual Barbados Youth Leadership Retreat (2009-20011). Darryl recently published his first book, ‘Parenting Your Child Leader’ in May 2013. It is based on his experience as a child, leader and faith. In June 2013 Darryl was elected to serve on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. His blog can be read at He can be followed at or