She's Almost a Teenager: Essential Conversations to Have Now  -     By: Peter Larson, Heather Larson, David Arp, Claudia Arp
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Do you know what your daughter really thinks about boys, school, God, her future? These topics don't often come up in everyday conversation. Plus, a girl's views on life can shift quickly, thanks to friends, pop culture, and other influences. Based on tried-and-true parenting wisdom, She's Almost a Teenager helps parents navigate the coming teen years and connect with their daughters. You will find thoughtful questions and talking points that lead to meaningful conversations on key issues, including:

  • Physical and emotional changes your daughter is facing
  • Taking ownership of her spiritual life
  • Using social media responsibly

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 167
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211366
ISBN-13: 9780764211362

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Publisher's Description

A Guide to Meaningful Parent-Daughter Conversations

Your daughter is growing up. There are so many issues she'll face, such as body image, confusion about relationships, and taking ownership of her spiritual life. How do you connect with her on the things that are important to both of you? This structured approach to conversations and activities with your girl will make it easier to have those memorable times together. You'll find practical ways to encourage her in her faith, talk about the challenges she faces in school and with friends, and remind her that you love her dearly.

Author Bio

Peter and Heather Larson do premarital counseling, speaking events, and marriage education together in a variety of settings. Peter is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-developed the customized version of the widely used PREPARE/ENRICH couples assessment tool. Heather is associate director of Marriage Alive. Married for nearly 20 years, the Larsons have three school-aged children and live in Boulder, Colorado.

Coauthors David and Claudia Arp, founders of Marriage Alive, have written more than 30 books. Their 10 Great Dates seminar is popular across the U.S. and internationally. Frequently appearing in national media, the Arps have been married 50 years and live in Great Falls, Virginia. Learn more at

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  1. USA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful, Practical Advice for Parents
    December 29, 2015
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In one year, I'll have a teenager in the house. I thought that this book, She's Almost a Teenager by Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp, would be useful and helpful to me personally and maybe to you too.

    This is a book about having conversations with your tween daughter. There are eight conversations that guide you in ways to talk to and with your pre-teen. The first conversation is called The Big-Picture Talk - Begin With the End in Mind. This talks about the goals and the roles that are changing between you and your tween. I really like reading the ARP Adage. These are tips and practical advice. An example of one these ARP Adage: "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). Before speaking, ask yourself, Will what I'm about to say build up and encourage my child to grow as a person, or will it attack and tear down my child? It certainly helps me think how I am talking with/to my daughter and make any necessary changes.

    At the end of the book are bonus activities. Project Thirteen and Birthday Boxes which are pretty neat ideas. This whole book is based on practical tips and advice to help the parents converse with their tween daughter.

    I received this complementary book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Giving Parents a Head-Start
    October 22, 2015
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Shes Almost a Teenager" by Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp is a book that can most definitely help parents prepare to raise their teenage daughters well. This book provides ideas and questions to consider when preparing to have eight essential conversations with a ten- to twelve-year-old daughter. These conversations include: the big picture (becoming a teenager), friends, academics, body, faith, boys, money, and tech. Each chapter either gave me something to think about that I hadnt yet thought about or equipped me with great ideas for navigating through conversations I already know might be challenging. The Larsons and the Arps are giving parents a needed head-start.

    I especially appreciated their emphasis on keeping things positive. Its exciting when our children become teenagers. Its a privilege to help them as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. We celebrate as they master new skills and take on more responsibility. We enjoy adding appropriate, corresponding privileges as they do.

    On page 151, the authors say, Remember, our job as parents is to work ourselves out of a job and into a relationship that will last for a lifetime. Every chapter in this book is designed to help parents succeed.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I recommend it to parents of daughters approaching their teens.
  3. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Start a convo with your daughter
    October 16, 2015
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Navigating the pre-teen and teenage years can be daunting for both the parents and the child. Two families have come together to share their knowledge and experience with us in a unique book. Designed to start conversations, the authors have shared eight conversations that need to take place before your daughter becomes a teen. Each conversation is an essential part of her foundation as an adult. The chapters begin with thoughts from the authors and a basis for why the conversation is necessary. Each chapter ends with several conversation starters you can use with your daughter.

    This is a great book. I enjoyed the stories and information that was shared in each chapter. While the conversations starters will need to be tweaked a bit for my daughter, they gave me food for thought and a place to start. I liked the focus on faith and independence that were intertwined throughout. This is a good book for any parent with a pre-teen daughter.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    SHE'S ALMOST A TEEN by Peter & Heather Larson/ David & Claudia Arp
    October 13, 2015
    Reading Rover
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    by Peter & Heather Larson/ David & Claudia


    A book of eight essential talks to have with

    your Daughter(Son, Mom, Friend, Sister,


    An offensive and sometimes defensive guide

    to planning to stay well and be well while

    being open to good for Life in today's World

    and relationships.

  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Idea Book for Parents of Tweens
    October 6, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My oldest daughter is in that tweendom stage and my middle daughter is entering that time as well. On Sunday as she was getting ready for church, she told me that she has her own style. She said it sweetly with a smile on her face. I looked at her in skinny jeans and a grey blousy shirt and agreed. New territory.

    A friend of mine recently shared that her daughter and her friends--fifth graders are looking forward to the school dance that will be held at the end of the year. Her daughter isn't into boys, but this is a girl ask boy, or boy ask girl situation. New territory.

    The book in front of me is about that New territory. Peter and Heather Larson have written this book with the help of David and Claudia Arp. Peter and Heather Larson have experience counseling, but their daughters are in the tweendom time right now. So, I began reading this book feeling a bit unsure. I prefer to read books written by people who have lived through what they're talking about and are several years down the road--so they have had time to reflect on what they walked through. Things always look different when you step back and get a bigger picture of things. But, I have been pleasantly surprised by this book. I am glad they have the Arps input. The Arps do have those years under their belts already. Additionally, I liked the many, varied stories from other families that the Larson's include. Those stories give me ideas and they are what I value most. Every family is unique. For example, the Larsons are big on daddy/daughter "dates", as are the Arps. This isn't something that works for our family--it doesn't fit our family's personality. But, the Arp and Larson families do fit with that concept. On the other hand, the subjects talked about at our dinner table are likely not the same as many other families. As I learned last Thursday in a conversation with a group of middle school girls, telling stories about a motorcyclist named Sally who goes to Mars and passes by a dragon eating up princess dogs is more than a bit unusual. Oh, and the story was, of course, "by a volcano". The end of that story was that the Princess Cerberus came and attacked the dragon.

    The book covers a lot of topics that I'm finding come up during these years: boys, academics, faith, friends, money, tech, and their bodies (including how they dress and sex). Each chapter gives some thoughts about the topic and some questions at the end that could be discussion starters. I like that the authors acknowledge that every family has different feelings about dating, but the authors aren't extreme in their own views. It felt very balanced. They even referenced one of my favorite authors, Cynthia Heald, in the discussion of how to dress. That tells me who these authors are listening to and receiving encouragement from. The discussions are food for thought--they are not a legalistic list of you should do this and not do that. I would always say to anyone reading a book like this--take from it what fits you and your children. You have your own personality and so do your children.

    Would I recommend this book? Yes, I think I would. It's a place to start. Even if you disagree with the Larsons and Arps, it will give you food for thought. Iron sharpens iron.

    Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishing.
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