She’s Almost a Teenager by Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp is a book that can most definitely help parents prepare to raise their teenage daughters well. This book provides ideas and questions to consider when preparing to have eight essential conversations with a ten- to twelve-year-old daughter. These conversations include: the big picture (becoming a teenager), friends, academics, body, faith, boys, money, and tech. Each chapter either gave me something to think about that I hadn’t yet thought about or equipped me with great ideas for navigating through conversations I already know might be challenging. The Larsons and the Arps are giving parents a needed head-start.
I especially appreciated their emphasis on keeping things positive. It’s exciting when our children become teenagers. It’s a privilege to help them as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. We celebrate as they master new skills and take on more responsibility. We enjoy adding appropriate, corresponding privileges as they do.
On page 151, the authors say, “Remember, our job as parents is to work ourselves out of a job and into a relationship that will last for a lifetime.” Every chapter in this book is designed to help parents succeed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I recommend it to parents of daughters approaching their teens.