Monday, July 23, 2018

A Review of No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press

Parenting today can be tough.  There are so many things the world throws at your kids and so many things you want to protect them from.  I am always open to reading books that give practical, Biblical advice on parenting.  That is why I was excited to receive No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press to review.
No Longer Little by Hal and Melanie Young
No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope  was written by Hal and Melanie Young.  This 203 page book is designed for parents with tween girls or boys ages 8-14.  It takes a look inside what might be going on with your tween physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  It also offers parents encouragement, tips, and strategies for dealing with these changes and emotions.  The suggestions that Hal and Melanie make are practical and they know the material that is presented in this book works because they have experienced it in raising their eight children.  The book includes twelve chapters, an introduction, references, a list of the Scripture Referenced throughout the book, an index, and a Colophon page, which, in this case, describes the font types used.  The twelve chapters are on the following topics:
  • Chapter 1 - Getting Bigger: Hormones and Body Changes
  • Chapter 2 - The Rollercoaster: Emotional Upheaval
  • Chapter 3 - Brains Turn to Mush: Why School Goes Awry
  • Chapter 4 - Many A Conflict, Many A Doubt: Spiritual Questioning
  • Chapter 5 - The Awakening: Sexuality and Virtue
  • Chapter 6 - Social Struggles: Overcoming Awkwardness
  • Chapter 7 - Media, Gaming, and Discernment: More Than Amusement
  • Chapter 8 -  Conflict At Home: Family Relationships
  • Chapter 9 - Transitioning: Youth in the Bible
  • Chapter 10 - Celebrating Growth: Coming of Age Ceremonies
  • Chapter 11 - Producers, Not Consumers: Work and Stewardship
  • Chapter 12 - The Next Big Thing: High School and Beyond
This book is a very timely resource for me to read.  It is right where we are at in parenting right now.  We are the parents of a tween....as much as I don't want to say that and still see my daughter as my baby, she is at that stage of tween.  It has been a little while since my son was there and exhibited signs of being a tween.  So as I started reading this book, it was like a light flipped on.  All the roller coaster days of the past few months, the indecisiveness, the forgetting what I told her 5 minutes ago, and more all started to make sense.  I know that she is getting to an age where major changes are coming, but I forgot that so many of the small changes start happening long before big changes happen.  So this book reminded me of that.  The first half of it was a great guide to "this is what to expect" and "this is how to approach it."  Hearing how the authors dealt with all the emotional roller coasters, forgetfulness, and the "meh" of the tween stage, helped me be able to put things in perspective and share their tips and ideas with my hubby so that we can deal effectively with our tween.  It is a reminder that this stage will pass and if we don't help her process through this stage well, then we will be in for struggles in her teen years that we could have prevented by dealing with them now.
A Glimpse of Normal
The second half of the book was about things to be aware of and how to prepare your tween for success in the future and while helping safeguard them from certain things.  It discussed topics like use of media and gaming, family relationships, celebrating becoming a tween, preparing for work and stewardship, and high school.  This part of the book was very good and practical.  I really appreciated the part on work and stewardship since I always try to encourage my daughter to think about what she might want to do in the future.  I want her to explore lots of areas and careers now since we have the opportunity to research them in homeschooling.  This will help us find a direction for her that she can pursue and explore throughout school and not just jump into something after high school.  This section of the book even encourages you to help your tween start their own business while being young and it was encouraging to me because my daughter comes up with business ideas all the time.  I need to be better about helping her think through them and finding one that she could actually start to try out.

I really appreciated this book and all the authors had to say on tweens.  It was a great reminder for me to be mindful of these stages and phases in my daughter.  The battles of this age are going to be there, that is part of growing up, but being prepared for this stage will lessen these battles and help us to head off many of them before they start.  I also really appreciated the preparing for the future part too.  That is an area that we do need to think about and prepare for even while she is going through the tween stage.  I personally enjoyed the mix of Biblical wisdom and personal experiences that the authors included because it helped me know the approach they used when they are were in the  situations I have been in or will be in with my tween.  I definitely recommend reading this book if you have a tween or will have a tween.  I found valuable information in for parenting my daughter in a calm, graceful way even when she is not thinking clearly.

You can learn more about the book No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope here.  It comes not only in paperback like we received, but also in eBook format too.  You can learn more about Great Waters Press and all the resources they have to offer on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.  Hal and Melanie Young also have a Facebook page.  You can learn more about this book from my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew as well by clicking on the banner below.  I am sure we all found different parts of this book that applied to us.  I also got the chance to read another book from Great Waters Press, Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality and you can read that review here.
Love, Honor, and Virtue  AND No Longer Little {Great Waters Press Reviews}

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for a great review, Cassandra! We're linking to it from No Longer Little's review page here: https://nolongerlittle.com/reviews .

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    I loved reading what you had to say!

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