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Today I have a lovely book that is SO important for young girls to read,
and for parents to TALK to their daughters about!
These ten simple truths can build one big change in your daughter’s life.
When Kari Kampakis wrote a blog post in July 2013 titled “10 Truths Young Girls Should Know,” the post went viral and was shared more than 65,000 times on Facebook. Obviously her message strikes a chord with moms and dads across the country. This nonfiction book for teen girls expands on these ten truths and can reach the hearts of both moms and daughters.
Teen girls deal daily with cliques, bullying, rejection, and social media nightmares. Kari Kampakis wants girls to know that they don’t have to compromise their integrity and future to find love, acceptance, and security. Her ten truths include:
Kindness is more important than popularity.
People peak at different times of life. Trust God’s plan for you.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Otherwise, you’ll never stick to your guns.
Today’s choices set the stage for your reputation.
You were born to fly.
Fans of Kari's blog and newspaper column will not want to miss her first book. Filled with practical advice, loving support, and insightful discussion questions, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know is a timely and approachable list of guidelines that will help young girls navigate a broken world and become the young women God made them to be.
This book is aimed at girls, ages 12-16, but I really thing sharing it with girls as young as 7 (some sections) could be a great way to get conversations started about things like popularity and kindness to others (aka no bullying). As a mother of a 7 year old, I have already had to discuss cliques (!!!), why mean gets are popular and being true to yourself. Things my mother did NOT have to discuss with me at such an early age. Our daughters are growing up much quicker than we did- blame it on society, culture or media, but it is there and has to be dealt with.
This book really offers practical advise and guides girls to feel confident in making good choices, no matter what choice is confronting them. And because the 'truths', aka rules, are pretty basic they can really apply to so much more in their lives. The chapters are very accessible (as you can see from the samples), for both moms and daughters, and it is NOT a long books. You really could take a chapter per week and go through the book, speaking about your family values and faith, and how they tie into the truths presented in the book.It would also make a great discussion guide for youth ministers, looking for new discussions and programs for their you group or programs. I highly recommend all moms of young daughters read this now and be better prepared for when issues start to arise. If you have pre-teens/teens, then you need this book now!
About the Author :
Kari Kampakis is a newspaper columnist, blogger, and former children’s photographer from Birmingham, Alabama. Her writing has been featured on HuffPost Parents and reflects her passion for family and God. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Kari holds an MBA and public relations degree. She and her husband, Harry, live in blessed chaos with their four daughters and a dog named Lola. Learn more by visiting her website at karikampakis.com.