Parenting is not as easy as some families make it look. There are constant decisions, endless energy drains and numerous interruptions. For a homeschooling family, this is basically a 24-hour kid to parent ordeal. The end results of the invested time to homeschool children is typically very rewarding. But, the interim of daily hands-on parent-child relationship building can often become a struggle, hopefully amidst otherwise joyful moments. Any parent who is fortunate to raise both a boy and a girl, can tell you that there are differences. Thankfully, there are resources to come alongside and help.
Bringing Up Girls is Dr. James Dobson’s latest book. Dr. James Dobson is a child psychologist who founded Focus on the Family. Though, he has retired and handed over the reigns of Focus on the Family, he continues to be a voice for raising healthy families. This latest book is a complement to his earlier book, Bringing Up Boys. He admittedly took more time on the book about girls because, in his words, “girls are more complicated.” Whether there is pure humor in that statement or complete truth, Bringing Up Girls is an incredible resource that gives insight into the raising of little girls into healthy, well-balanced women. You can purchase your own copy of the book at local Family Christian Bookstores, Borders and probably at just about any place where books are sold. It’s also available at St. Louis and St. Charles County libraries, but there is a huge waiting list to check out the book. Before you make your purchase, or while you wait for your library reserve to become available, you can read excerpts from the book at bringingupgirls.com.
Just in time for your little girl to enjoy a DVD just for her while you sit and read Dr. Dobson’s book, Big Idea (the makers of VeggieTales) is releasing a brand new DVD to be released July 31, 2010. It is entitled Sweetpea Beauty A Girl After God’s Own Heart and includes the “almost-classic tale of Snooderella.” Sweetpea is about Queen Blueberry who can’t see her true beauty lies within. It’s a tale about true beauty. You can pre-order your copy of the DVD at Big Idea.com or wait till it is available locally wherever VeggieTales are sold. They will also have available 365 Bedtime Devos for Girls (a daily devotional) and other Sweetpea Beauty related books and true beauty items.
Another great little girls’ book that is not new, but still is worth the purchase, is called The Princess and The Kiss. Available at Family Christian Stores or online at Christian Book Distributors, it tells the story of:
A loving king and queen present their daughter with a gift from God–her first kiss–to keep or to give away. The wise girl waits for the man who is worthy of her precious gift. Where is he and how will she ever find him? The surprising answer in this marvelous parable will touch the heart of parent and child alike.
The Princess and the Kiss beautifully portrays the ageless message that “love … comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5 NIV). Recommended for all ages, especially ages 6 and up.
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