A work colleague once told me, there’s a reason God turns your sweet little toddler into a raging, hormone-fueled teenager–so you’ll be ready for them to leave the nest.

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Indeed, navigating the tween and teen landscape can be difficult, but a new book by Great Waters Press, No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope offers parents a way to better understand their tween children.

About Great Waters Press

I have had the pleasure of reviewing another item by Great Waters Press, Love, Honor and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sex, so I looked forward to this book being equally good.  In fact, Great Waters Press offers a variety of products for parents and the whole family including Ranger Mike DVDs, the book Raising Real Men, and G.A. Henty historical novels, just to name a few.  In addition, they have a regular podcast.

About No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope

No Longer Little by Hal and Melanie Young
No Longer Little is written by Hal and Melanie Young, who are the parents of eight kids–two girls and six boys–so they have plenty of experience parenting tweens and teens.

The book contains the following chapters:

  • Getting Bigger: Hormones and Body Changes
  • The Rollercoaster: Emotional Upheaval
  • Brains Turn ot Mush: Why School Goes Away
  • Many a Conflict, Many a Doubt: Spirtual Questioning
  • The Awakening: Sexuality and Virtue
  • Social Struggles: Overcoming Awkwardness
  • Media, Gaming and Discernment: More than Amusement
  • Conflict at Home: Family Relationships
  • Transitioning: Youth in the Bible
  • Celebrating Growth: Coming of Age Ceremonies
  • Producers, Not Consumers: Work and Stewardship
  • The Next Big Thing: High School and Beyond

I really enjoyed this book and actually wished that I had had it a few years ago when Bookworm, my ever eager learner, suddenly started hating school, when he was about 11.  Wouldn’t you know, my experience with Bookworm was not unique.  Melanie and Hal say that it happened to each of their children, and then they explained why it happened and what to do about it.

While we don’t struggle with gaming in our household, I know plenty of families who do, so I would think that they would especially appreciate that chapter.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this is a very helpful book that is filled with great advice for parents.  One passage that dealt with siblings hitting and losing their tempers with one another especially appealed to me:

“Son, I know you were angry at what your brother said, but Proverbs tells us that a man who can’t control his temper is like a city whose walls are torn down.  When a city has high walls, they can decide whether or not to fight a passing army, but when the walls are torn down, any passing enemy can force them into a fight.  When you can’t control your temper, other people control you.  All they have to do is provoke you a little, and here you are, in trouble.  It puts you at other people’s mercy. . .”

I loved that the Youngs included real life examples from their own interactions with their children.  The one above really impacted me.

If you’re struggling to understand your tweens, I highly suggest getting this book.

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Love, Honor, and Virtue AND No Longer Little {Great Waters Press Reviews}
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