Sunday, March 11, 2012

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl - Dannah Gresh

Summary from B&N:  Studies show that the foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8-12 and that a good relationship with mom is one of the most important factors. So when the world wants girls to grow up too fast, how does a mother help her young daughter navigate the stormy waters of boy-craziness, modesty and body image, media, Internet safety, and more? With a warm, transparent style, Dannah Gresh shares six ways a mom can help protect and guide her daughter, including:

  • help her celebrate her body in a healthy way
  • unbrand her when the world tries to buy and sell her
  • unplug her from a plugged-in world
  • dream with her about her prince, and more
I think an excellent book for any parent of a tween – and the earlier you read it the better.
Dannah Gresch covers six key areas in protecting your daughter and guiding her in God’s way.  Some of the areas covered are modesty, media, and body image.  She pulls from both Biblical truth and secular studies as her basis.
She gives hope, encouragement, and guidance.  And prayer and connecting with your daughter(s) is priority throughout.  When you have connection and a strong relationship with your daughter, that helps you through the tween (and teen) years.
My application of the information is a bit of a challenge due to the nature of step-daughters and part-time parenting.  But I did have the “talk” and will continue to discuss values and guide where I can. 
My only complaint:  I added 13 new books that were mentioned in the text to my “to read” list.

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