I received products from Discovery Girls for my review. All opinions are my own.
Prior to having children, my husband and I discussed how we would have “the talk” with our children when it was time. We decided that the parent with the same gender should be responsible for this. Fast-forward a few years, we have two daughters. That means I get to give “the talk” to them. I knew that I should probably sit them down a few years before I felt the time was right. My theory was that I wanted to be the one to give them age appropriate information before their school peers told them otherwise. With that said, I also don’t want to do it too early and end up scaring them. At this point, they are 7 and almost 5 so I know I have awhile to sit back and watch for the signs to tell me that it is time.
In the meantime, I was asked to review a series of books from Discovery Girls– “Friendship Hardship”, “Sticky Situations…and How to Get Through Them”, “Ask Ali: All the Advice You’ll Ever Need” and “My Worst Day…and How I Survived It”. I also received a book titled “Discovery Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Your Changing Body”. These books discuss the changes your body makes through puberty as well as some situations you may find yourself in with friends. They also discuss how to get through tough situations such as your worst day, a fight with a friend, and so on. Most of the material in these books is geared towards girls ages 8-9. However, it can be helpful all the way through middle school and high school.
Before I presented these books to my daughters, I wanted to read them myself. I thought they did a great job explaining the changes in our bodies. It took the silliness out of “the talk” while still presenting the information in a fun and helpful way. I also appreciated how the book gave examples of situations that tweens/teens may encounter with friends or classmates. It gives advice on how to work through these situations. The books validate the reader’s feelings and fears, give advice and explain that usually everything has a way of working itself out.
My oldest is a great reader. I have no doubt that she could read these books if I gave them to her today. However, with her personality, I think the information would cause her some worry so I’ve made the decision to wait awhile before giving them to her. When the time is right, I think they will be a nice support tool.
One lucky winner is going to also receive all 5 books that I reviewed: “Friendship Hardship”, “Sticky Situations…and How to Get Through Them”, “Ask Ali: All the Advice You’ll Ever Need”, “My Worst Day…and How I Survived It” and “Discovery Girls’ Guide to Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Your Changing Body”. This is a US giveaway and it is scheduled to end on 3/07/2014.
Hello, my name is Laurie. I have been married to my husband for 16 years. We have two young daughters, ages 15 and 13 years old. My family and I live in Oregon so that means we are just minutes from the beach, mountains, and desert. We love it here and try to spend as much time outdoors playing as we can. When we aren’t outside playing, I enjoy reading, gardening, refinishing furniture, and other crafts.
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