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Raising Pre-teens

Raising Pre-Teens coverRaising Pre-Teens: Tips and Techniques for Making the Most of Your Child’s Terrible Tweens.
Dosani, MD and Cross
2004

Submission: The definition of “tween” varies from person to person but generally refers to ages 9-12 or so. This book includes a chapter on potty training, suggests telling tweens that their mothers have eggs in their “tummies,” and that sex is a “special grown-up cuddle.” These things might even be forgiven if it weren’t for the heading on Chapter 40: Wicked Stepparents. Harry Potter did not have a wicked stepmother, since he didn’t have any stepmother at all. All in all, this book is fine as a parenting book for raising preschoolers. The title, however, is very misleading.

Holly: Pre-teens need [true] information about sex and their changing bodies. They need to be heard and understood when it comes to step-parents. They need boundaries, safety, and technology guidance. I bet this book from 2004 doesn’t mention social media, and probably barely mentions cell phones. Potty training? Eggs in tummies? Lame. They’ll see right through it, and parents should too.

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