Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl {Book Review}

Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens

 

We arrived home from Chicago at 1:00 am this morning.  In a rental car.  That we drove over from the airport in Panama City.  We  should have arrived in Tallahassee.  Of course, we should have not gone to Huntsville, AL to refuel the airplane either.  Long story. Even longer travel.  There’s much to tell- and as I often do when I have many things I want to do at once, I’ll do something completely different.  I’ll talk about the book that I just finished.  I’ve been on a roll lately, but this one has a lot of great info for Mom’s of girls.  It helped having lots of time in the airport to catch up on my summer reading.

 

The book is Six Ways to Keep the “Little” in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens by Dannah Gresh.  This is a fantastic book for anyone with a daughter ages 5-12. Which is a lot of gals I know (it can be found on Amazon here). 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens (Secret Keeper Girl Series)

This is the snippet Amazon says,

“Bestselling author, speaker, and founder of the Secret Keeper Girl conferences, Dannah Gresh shares with moms the secret to helping today’s girls grow up confident, grace-filled, and strong in their faith.

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

This wonderful resource also provides moms a Connection IQ Inventory to test their mom- daughter relationship, creative and fun activities to do together, and Scriptures for the mom to pray for her daughter.”

 

This was a fantastic book of knowledge, particularly for me who has two daughters (8 and 10).  I highly recommend it to anyone with a little girls ages two or older. 

 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens n

Here is what I learned:

1.  Apparently I have not one, but two tween daughters.  Who knew?

2.  There are three stages to moral development:

  1. The Copycat Phase (ages 2-5)  Mommy does it.  I want to be like Mom because that feels good.  I will do it too. {Consequential copying}
  2. The Counseling Phase (ages 6-11) Why does Mommy do that?  I think I want to be like Mom, but does it really feel good?  {this is where she is choosing her values} 
  3. The Coaching Phase (age 12- adult years)  How do I want to do this?  Is there something that will help me decide? Maybe I will do it, if it fits into what I believe.   {Adjusting beliefs}

 

3.  I need to be asking myself, “did I spend more time in front of the mirror making myself externally beautiful, or did I spend more time developing my inner beauty through quiet communion with God?”

4.  There’s a website for screening movies, videos, music, etc called pluggedinonline.com - you can bet this one has been bookmarked

5.  And a great idea I plan to incorporate s my girls get older is girls’ “dateless” nite out.  Amen.

6.  According to Gresh, quality time is a myth.  Our kids need quantity that comes great great quality here and there.

 

Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl: Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens

 

She goes into a lot of detail in explaining everything (obviously, this book is written from a Christian perspective) but these are just the parts that I highlighted.

Speaking of tweens, I have one packing her suitcase as I type and headed to camp in the morning.  So it’s sign off time for me- it’s more important that I continue that quantity time (that we’ve had while in Chicago the past 4 days!).

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