Decoda’s Summer Reading 2019 – Aliza
Date posted: August 28, 2019
The more you know about your body, the less confusing and embarrassing growing up will seem—and the easier it will be to talk about.
One of the hardest parts of having a tween daughter, when things started happening earlier than expected, is the need to help her feel comfortable and confident with the physical and emotional changes she is experiencing. The Care and Keeping of You 1 is an excellent book for parents like me to have these discussions with their growing daughters. This book was written by Valorie Schaefer and published by American Girl.
I read this book together with my tween daughter, Aadhya. It presents facts and lays everything out in such a way that encourages discussion of things in an age-appropriate way that would otherwise be difficult to bring up.
As we read through the book, it led to more open discussions about her body, self-care, bras, periods, pimples and everything in between. It encouraged her to understand her body basics and know changes are a normal part of growing up and happen differently for each person. Aadhya liked this book. This book helped her to view the changes positively.
Now she is ready to move on to more in-depth details about her growing body. I already got The Care and Keeping of You 2, which is for slightly older girls, with more information about physical and emotional changes, peer pressure, personal care and more. I wish I had a chance to read books like these when I was growing up.