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You and Your Tween: Managing the years from 9 to 13
You and Your Tween: Managing the years from 9 to 13
by Netmums
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book - why wasn't this around 10 years ago?, 2 Jun. 2011
I am into the third round of "Tweens" only the first and second time there wasn't really a name for it - it was just the "difficult, pre-teen years". And with that comes the stress of puberty, not being a child any more nor being old enough to be given too much freedom, the transition from primary school to high school and everything in between.

The team behind Netmums have created a number of books aimed at guiding you through the parenting years and their latest offering is You And Your Tween by Hollie Smith. Together with psychotheraputic counsellor, Chrissy Duff and parenting coach, Elaine Halligan and many forum and website contributors from Netmums they have created a well-thought out guide to the Tween years which can often be challenging for both parent and child.

The chapters in the book cover conflict and communication, education, friends and peers, puberty, sex and relationships, modern media, good health, emotional issues and finally independence and responsibility. Almost all situations that I have already encountered have been covered with advice from the experts and advice from the Netmums, interspersed with "top tips".

The book is more of a reference tool than a sit-down-and-read-in-one-go type of guide and doesn't feel in the slightest bit patronising. It has been written by parents who have lived through, or who are living through, the tween years.

Even for me, each Tween period has been different as I have encouraged each of my children to be as individual as possible - they're not clones of each other - but this book would have been just as useful ten years ago as it is now. The advice given in this book is tried and tested and there are even Netmums who recount a method that has failed. That's good to read about because I believe that parenting is a progressive journey and you need to adapt as a family to find out what works for you.

This is definitely a book I would recommend keeping on the shelf and I will pass it on to my daughter when her children get a bit older too. It's all well and good ringing friends or family or even asking for advice on Twitter/Facebook but sometimes just a quiet five minute confidence boost, reading about other people's experiences is all it takes.


Note From Lapland
Note From Lapland
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snow, Sledging and Sex (Toys)..., 19 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Note From Lapland (Kindle Edition)
Mixing parent blogging with adult humour, Heather brings us a unique view of life in Lapland. Side-splittingly funny one minute and thought-provoking the next. This blog will leave you wanting more!


Home Educating the PuddleChicks
Home Educating the PuddleChicks
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt & Heartwarming., 16 Jan. 2011
A heartfelt and heartwarming blog centered around family life, home educating and how a family copes and carries on after experiencing the loss of a baby. Very interesting and well-written articles and lot of knitting updates!


The Lazy Girl's Guide to Life
The Lazy Girl's Guide to Life
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 16 Jan. 2011
Honest, engaging and opinionated. This blog makes you feel as though you are not alone in the world of parenting it's comforting to find someone who is experiencing the same. A worthy read.


The Diary of a Frugal Family
The Diary of a Frugal Family
Price: £0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 16 Jan. 2011
Now that purse strings are being even more tightly pulled, The Diary of a Frugal Family offers lots of hints and tips for your family to create brilliant meals for just a few pennies. There are also lots of craft and cooking activities for the children.

If you subscribe to this blog you will easily recoup the 99 English pennies each month - and more!


More Than Just a Mother
More Than Just a Mother
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just FAB, 10 Dec. 2010
Whatever you've experienced as a parent then Emily has too - with humour and panache! These snippets of her life will make you yell "YEAH, ME TOO!" but she has a way of putting it into words that make you smile.


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