I don’t have a teenager here with me, but I have one that resides in my heart all the time. I was pleased to have the chance to review 10 Things For Teen Girls by Kate Conner from Family Christian in exchange for an honest blog review. I was eager to read what someone else may say to my precious angel and also wanted a way to try and help my niece as well.
First Thoughts of This Teen Girls Parent Book
I’ve stressed many times now that I strive to learn something new every day of my life whether that’s about improving myself or something else. This book needs a totally different title! It should be named “10 Lessons You Need To Learn in Life.” There are so many people, myself included, who really need to learn these valuable lessons Kate Connor teaches in this book.
She teaches about modesty and really makes a person look at how they dress and the impact it makes on how others view you. I don’t always dress the way I should when I go out of my house. (Honestly, a lot of that has to do with funds and finding clothes that look worth a dime on me in my price range verses the desire to wear the outfits I do. If I had unlimited or even a decent amount to spend on clothes, my wardrobe would look totally utterly different!!) She was spot on in her lesson concerning modesty and what it truly about.
She provides a wonderful way for a teenager to access their true beauty. She doesn’t do it in a lecture form, but rather she shares some of her own journeys with finding her true beauty worth.
Impact on Others
Then she reminds teenagers (and others) the impact their words and actions have on others. Many of us tend forget just how much of an impact we make on other’s lives by the simplest mindless things we do. We see it all around us in the news and across social media, but we don’t see what it does to the person we’re talking about because we’re refusing to really see “the person” behind the screens.
The Worst Advice
She addresses the whole “follow your heart” concept in a totally different perspective than I have ever heard. You know what, she is completely spot on in her assessment of this being the “worst advice ever.” I’ll let you read 10 Things For Teen Girls to find out what her best advice is for others.
Teen Girls Emotional Beings
My absolute favorite section was the part about women being emotional beings. I’ve highlighted many times over how I struggle with being an emotional being. You know what, after reading this book, that’s is not going to happen anymore. I’m passionate about many things, and I do stand for what I believe in completely. I fight to make things happen for the better of all involved. I know I’ll never change that about myself regardless how old I become.
She doesn’t hold any punches here. She just makes it clear that smoking is not cool.
This is something that many teen girls don’t care enough about. (I know I rebelled against worrying about my reputation growing up!) She hits this topic spot on.
I love this one! Pretending to be someone other than who you are doesn’t do anyone any favors. She covers this topic in full detail.
You Are Enough
She leaves teen girls with the most important message of all. She reminds them that they are enough as they are and for who they are. Many people need this reminder that God created us as we are for a reason and we are enough because he has a purpose for our lives.
My Complete Thoughts of 10 Things For Teen Girls
I would recommend for any parent who has a teen girl period! It’s well worth it’s $14.99 price tag. Whether your teenager seems fine or not, chances are high that she is suffering with one or more of these concepts, even if it’s in secret. I would recommend that BOTH the parent and the teen girl read this book together and then discuss the questions at the end of each section together.
This book had a way of taking me back to my teenage years and reminding me just how hard it was to figure out who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. Granted, I went in a TOTALLY utterly different direction than that, but I am honestly right back to where I wanted and longed to be even then.
Win 10 Things For Teen Girls For Yourself
Now one lucky reader can win a copy of this book for yourself. Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form completely. This giveaway runs from November 9, 2014 until November 23, 2014. Be sure to read the terms and conditions. If you don’t want to wait to see if you won this book feel free to go to Family Christian and buy it now.
What does your teen girl struggle with the most? If you don’t have a teen girl, what do you remember as your biggest challenge being a teenager? (Hint: answering this question is one of the entries on this giveaway form.)
P.S. I also HIGHLY recommend Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to…. You can read my full review of this book here.