Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Our Teenage Girls by Kate Conner is a book of advice that expands upon a blog post the author has that went viral. Although I have no teenagers in my house yet (and I hate the idea of how quickly those years are going to come to our house), I was intrigued by the concept of the book and I am always looking for parenting advice.
The publisher describes the book this way:
We all have teenage girls in our lives that we love, whether its a sister, friend or daughter. Conner offers herself as a translator, helping you to speak that teenager girl’s language and equipping you with a fresh perspective from which to engage her. Kate has identified 10 things these girls need to hear daily from someone who loves them. Peppered with wit and laced with grace, Kate’s list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation. Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the souls of women, young and old alike. You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.
In this book, Conner tackles ten issues that teens and many grown women will find valuable. Some of it is really good advice like when she discusses Facebook etiquette or explains how people who say they “hate drama” tend to be the same people who are causing most of the drama that you can so often observe in a group (or on Facebook).
My absolute favorite advice in the whole book, however, was in the chapter on how “following your heart is the worst advice ever.” There are a lot of people who need to be told to stop following their heart and to start following their talents, the interests, and their brain when making decisions.
If you’re interested in a preview, the ten pieces advice that Conner is elaborating on in this book are:
- If you choose to wear shirts that show off your breasts, you will attract boys.
- Don’t go to the tanning bed.
- When you talk about your friends “anonymously” on Facebook, we know exactly who you’re talking about.
- Newsflash: The number of times you say “I hate drama” is a pretty good indicator of how much you love drama.
- “Follow your heart” is probably the worst advice ever
- Never let a man make you feel weak or inferior because you are an emotional being.
- Smoking is not cool.
- Stop saying things like, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me.”
- Don’t play coy or stupid or helpless to get attention.
- You are beautiful. You are enough.
If you’re like me, you can think of some adults on your list who need to read this book and heed its fresh yet meaningful advice. She says her advice is for teenage girls, and she has done ministry with teenagers and is still young enough to remember what it was like to be a teenager for herself. I think you’ll find this advice to be meaningful and that it will help you chart a course in raising a teenager in a world full of drama and hard decisions.
You can go to the publisher’s website and see a trailer of the book here.
The publisher is also graciously allowing me to give one copy of the book away. So, if you’re interested in being entered in a giveaway for a copy of this book, please just leave a comment. It can be a “Hi!” or telling me about your daughters, or even the advice that you would give teenage girls. 🙂 The giveaway will end at midnight on August 3, 2014.
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing the prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.