She’s Almost a Teenager!

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Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp have teamed up to write a conversational guide for parents of pre-teen young ladies.The purpose of She’s Almost a Teenager is to provide conversation starters for parents as a means to discuss important issues with their soon to be teenage daughters.

For example, Chapter One includes some great questions that help parents to zero in on what issues they should focus on with their daughters. They advise parents to ask themselves what difference a particular situation will make in the light of eternity. The book goes on to cover topics like friends, academics, body image, faith, boys, money, etc. In each chapter, the authors ask parents to think about what they believe and why about these topics, attempting to help them focus on long-term goals (viewing every situation in light of eternity).

Though the book does a nice job of pointing parents to some great conversation starters, the authors begin with the premise that every daughter WILL BE a problem in her teen years. In addition, the authors use a lot of secular sources for support, with very little biblical support. As a homeschool mom, many of the assumptions the authors make don’t apply because my kids aren’t in public school and won’t face the same types of situations. Obviously, parents with children in public (or even private) schools will be able to better relate to the authors’ perspectives.

Also problematic for me is the lack of credibility the authors have on this particular topic. Despite the prodigious education of  Peter Larson and the group experience in Christian circles, neither couples actually have experience with teenage daughters. The Larsons have one son who is 14 and two daughters who are 11 and 12. The Arps have three adult sons, but no daughters. Personally, I would prefer to take advice from parents who have successfully navigated the teen years with their daughters and who can show that their daughters are walking with the Lord as adults.

Overall, if you’re looking for a way to start conversations about important issues with your daughters, this book might be a helpful starting place for you. If you are looking for deep biblical insight, this isn’t the book for you.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Chosen in exchange for my honest review.*

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