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Moms' Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World (Momz Guides to the Tween-Girl World) Paperback – July 31, 2010
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Prolific author Rue, most noted for her youth books The Lily Series, here gives Mom an up-to-date and humorous look at the tween world of girls, or what Rue calls 'mini-women.' From such hot-button topics as identity, beauty, puberty, and friendships, Rue clearly has her finger on the pulse on this age group. Her example scenarios ring true, capturing both the eye rolls and the need for a hug (often simultaneously). While Rue directs her advice to a Christian audience, her parenting approach is recommended for any parent of a tween. Her witty humor translates well, and she has earned her chops with this age group. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)
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Today's mom is faced with the task of helping her 8-to-12-year-old daughter grow up in a society that compels her little girl to grow up too fast. Moms' Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl Years gives mothers practical advice and spiritual inspiration that will enable them to see their mini-women into adolescence strong, confident, authentic, and God-centered, even in a morally challenged society -- without losing their childhoods before they're ready.
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Nancy Rue calls this group of girls between the ages of 8 and 12 mini-women. I fought against that description when I first began to read this book because my grandgirls aren't women, even mini-women. Not even close. Are they? Well, as much as I might hate to admit it, yes they are and I need to learn from someone who knows that age group on an up close and personal basis what is going on inside their sweet (today at least, tomorrow is another day!) little heads. The advice offered here is geared toward the mothers of these girls with the advice being based on the Christian faith and Rue's many years of experience in working with girls of this age group. As a grandmother I found the information and insights just as valuable. The main ideas I came away with are that I need to allow each girl to be her own individual self while figuring out what that really is, I need to be willing to ask questions and then truly listen to the answer, and I need to take the time to understand myself as well as the child because everyone she comes in contact with has an affect on her mental and spiritual growth. This electronic media world they live in is so all pervasive that it means their self esteem is so fragile at this age that it is more important than ever to tread lightly, but have a definite goal in mind. This is a process we are involved in, it will not always be an easy process, but by utilizing the advice given in this book you can truly be your daughter's Mother, not a friend, not a buddy, but her one and only Mother. What a treasure that position is. The friendship can come later. Another designation for this age group is millennials (because of their birth time in history) and regardless of how impressive that may sound, these girls still need help finding who they are and learning how to be content with that personal knowledge.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. Now, I received this book as a free Kindle download. That is perfectly fine, but in this case it was not entirely satisfactory for me. All of the material is there, it just isn't formatted in a very attractive way. I have utilized the 'look inside this book' feature on the book page and I now know what I'm missing in the Kindle version. I am absolutely going to order this book in the print edition even though I've already read it. There are lots of things I want to go over with my grandgirls and the print edition just looks so much prettier. Besides, after reading this book I've discovered that I'm a little more of a girly girl than I thought and I want the pretty version to keep and refer back to. I think my girls and I are going to have some really good talks about what I've discovered here. All five of us.
EDIT: March 14, 2011 - I have received this book in the print copy and it is definitely exactly what I was hoping for. Even though all the information is made available in the Kindle edition, it is so much more pleasant to read and visually so much more attractive in the actual print book. All of the wonderful sayings listed by the tween girls are presented as sidebars on the pages so they stand out better but they also don't interrupt the flow of the information. The notes are very easily accessible while reading simply by flipping to the back of the book. The Kindle is a wonderful device for reading a novel, but some types of books are just better for me to read in print form.
You’ve been waiting for years. Ever since that bundle of joy was put into your waiting arms. You’ve known it was coming and, even though you’ve been through it, have had no idea how to prepare or what to do.
Not to worry, Nancy Rue has come to the rescue, again! The Moms’ Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World is a wonderful resource for everyone who has a tween girl in their life.
It’s packed full of practical advice and tips to help you mentor and love these girls in a way that is guiding but not pushy — we want them to want to grow into fine God-honoring Christians not force them into a mold God didn’t intend for them.
Use this tremendous resource to help our girls be the woman God wants them to be!
Hott Review of Moms’ Ultimate Guide to the Tween Girl World:
Thank you, Nancy Rue!! This is a great book that I won’t stop reading. The helpful advice and guiding philosophies you included have already helped me in my relationship with my tween and I know in the coming years I’m going to use this frequently!!
Author: Nancy Rue
Source: Kindle Free Read on March 7, 2011