though not as practical as I imagined from the title - but paradoxically, the book explains its own impracticality, by pointing out that given the variety of possible parent/child conflicts, it isn't really possible for halacha to address most of them. Nevertheless, the book raises a few interesting points:
*pointing out the difference between appropriate behavior in private and in public. A child is (under Jewish law) free to argue with parents in private, but must be more circumspect in public.
*generally, Jewish law focuses on obligations of material support- understandably given that in an pre-industrial economy, parents' economic power declined as their physical strength declined. (By contrast, today, even middle-aged children are often dependent on wealthier parents!)
*Despite the preindustrial tradition of arranged marriages, rabbis generally (though not unanimously) held that a mature child's interest in picking an appropriate spouse overrode parental objections, based on the theory that marriage and procreation were religious obligations as weighty as honoring parents.
*Saadia Gaon wrote that Jewish opposition to nonmarital sex arose from the danger that humans might not know their fathers as a result of unplanned pregnancies.