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Having two daughters on the cusp of the teen years, I must admit to a certain amount of fear and trembling as I contemplate the reality that they are not that many years away from - gasp - dating! To the rescue come father-daughter team Daniel and Jacquelyn Anderson, offering up their collective wisdom to help parents guide their daughters through the teen years. The book is broken up into easy to ready chapters, and can either be read in one go or taken one chapter at a time. I thought the authors did a brilliant job at joining together the truth of the chapter, interspersed with Jacquelyn's thoughts based on her own experiences growing up, allowing readers to learn from both the good and the not-so-good parenting techniques she experienced (or observed in friends). The authors have a realistic understanding of today's culture and the challenges teens face, ones that simply didn't exist 20 or 30 years ago. Each chapter includes a "question for reflection" section that is well thought out and are a wonderful way to help the reader internalize the subject matter that the chapter focuses on. Personally, I most appreciated the "questions for you and your daughter to discuss" as they will help open up conversations that some parents just may not feel brave enough to bring up otherwise. In an era where more and more teens are engaging in sexual activity earlier and earlier, the negative emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences of NOT talking with our teens about these things are worse than ever.
I for one am grateful that a copy of this book landed in my hands. I feel much more equipped to chart my way through the teen years - and the issue of dating and sexuality - with my daughters, and there is good material in here that is applicable to my son as well. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group.
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