Monday, August 01, 2011

Preparing Daughters

two of our four (or is it five?) girls

I read a helpful book recently called 5 Conversations You Must Have With Your Daughter. It covered topics relating to sexuality, body image, culture, and marriage and family from a Christian worldview. Though there was a lot in the book I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing with my 13-year-old, there was lots of good information, too. I think the most helpful thing about books like this is that they inspire me to actually make it a priority to have pointed discussions. It's so easy for me to put this kind of thing off, or wait for the 'perfect' moment. I was convicted that I need to be intentional to meet with Keely (I don't feel the younger ones are ready for this particular 'conversation', though the book does suggest adaptations for different age groups of girls). Last Friday, Keely and I got up early and over coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for her) we spent some time talking through the notes I'd made from the book. It was a great time of discussion, and I'm looking forward to our next meeting.

What books have you read that you've found helpful in training your daughter?


Jenia said...

I recently read 6 Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl by Dannah Gresh. It was a really great book... a good reference tool for those conversations that are to come... all to quickly :) I am interested in the book you read... I will have to find that.

Nancy said...

Beautiful Girlhood, for late elementary/middle school and Authentic Beauty, for high schoolish

Candice said...

Jenia, our wonderful church library has that I've returned it! :)

Nancy, I have always heard good things about Beautiful Girlhood...I need to check that out.

Teena said...

Candice, I love 5 Conversations... it is an eye opener! I have found w/ my older kids to just be ready to listen.. even about stuff I am not really interested in... fast cars etc. We are very open here and we share lots.

Love Beautiful girlhood.

Have you read "The Princess and the Kiss" w/ them? Excellent book. It also has a little book you can go through w/ them. We did this w/ my Alyssa. Then for her 13th birthday we gave her the "kiss" necklace. Love it.

Sorry so long!