All parents want their daughters to become confident, happy, self-sufficient women, but the turbulent years of early adolescence can be difficult to navigate. From Tweens to Teens invites parents to rethink how they prepare their daughters to face these difficult developmental years.
In this groundbreaking guide, psychotherapist and educator Maria Clark Fleshood encourages parents to revive global traditions to mark preadolescence (ages eight to 13) with rituals and celebrations that guide young women through these years of self-discovery. Dr. Fleshood provides a tested, six-step approach to engage, guide, and prepare preteens for the challenges and changes of a new developmental stage. From Tweens to Teens offers parents tools that help them build tweens self-esteem from the inside out.
©2016 Maria Clark Fleshood (P)2016 Maria Clark Fleshood
TARGET AUDIENCE: Parents with children between 8 and 16 years old. Although the book was targeted towards tween girls the information contained in this audio book is also appropriate for teenage girls and may also be used with modification for your sons. This book would also be a great resource for therapists, giving counselors who have not specialized in adolescent girls some good tools for guiding tweens on their path to wellness and happiness.
CONTENT: The author provided examples of “rituals” that she has used in her practice to help in the healing and well-being of tween and adolescent girls. (Don’t get caught up on the term rituals, as any of a number of terms could have been used including celebration. I think that ritual was an appropriate term to use.) The author uses enough examples that the listener might modify the examples to their particular situations. I appreciated that for the most part the rituals cost little to nothing and were rich in love.
CAVEAT: I thought it was slow getting started. I was anxious to get to the meat of the subject. I was sold as to the need for rituals or celebrations prior to reading the book. If this describes you, the first few chapters might be a little slow.
NARRATOR: Excellent job.
OVERALL: As a parent, I plan on increasing the use of rituals for my daughters who still are at home. As a therapist, I plan on teaching my clients to use these rituals. I probably would not use this book as bibliotherapy as I don’t think I could get the parents of my patients to sit down and read it. For my friends, I would absolutely recommend it. If you are reading this review, I would recommend it to you.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
I liked this book. it helps you open up to new ways of communication with your daughter, my daughter is 13 and I wish I would have found this book years ago. I'm not to into any rituals but there is still some great advice in this book. narration was good and helped me get through it, I usually don't read or listen to nonfiction.
I am very disappointed about the message the writer is giving me. The cases discussed here are mostly extreme cases. I can't correlate me with those cases.
I am not going to finish listening to this book.
Full disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for providing an honest review here.
I am the proud father of one baby girl, so I am a while out from tweenhood or teenhood, but I want to know what I can since now to help her out. The first half of the book is a diagnosis of cultural ills that make tween-to-teen years difficult for girls. I found this introduction to be a bit rehearsed and long winded, though I thought that many of the points were fair and important enough. The latter half of the book is the goldmine wherein Fleshood explains her use of ritualistic rites of passage to combat negative influences and attitudes. Real world examples come from successes she's had in her therapy practice, and some of them are truly uplifting and theft worthy! I will definitely use some of these techniques as my little one grows.
The narration is not as engaging as the story being told, but worth paying attention to anyways.
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