Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Discovery Girls Guide to Growing Up Giveaway

One of my biggest concerns as a mother is raising strong, confident, kind, well-adjusted, etc., etc. children. And I especially worry about my daughter, Ella.  Not because of anything specific about Ella, but because she is a girl and I feel growing up as a girl is rough (mainly because I am one and it was rough for me).

I struggled with confidence and body issues throughout my teenage years.  I remember being envious because you could tell some girls shaved their armpits by the black stubble in their armpits, but  mine were baby smooth (even though I did need to shave).  So bizarre, but that's the things little girls think of.  We all want to be alike and we all want to fit in.

The thing is, everyone's body is changing and everyone's is changing at a different rate and at a different time and all those things are scary.  I swear to you, I'll never forget sitting in 6th grade in English class and realizing I was getting boobs.  I was sitting there thinking, "What the hell is this?"  Then it dawned on me, it was boobs.  Imagine my surprise.  Haha!

I remember my sister (8 years my senior) bought my other sister (2 years my senior) a book about your body and how it changes as you are growing up.  We (my siblings) and I giggled and acted like we'd never look at it.  It sat on the bookshelf with all the other books in the basement.  I don't know about my sister and brother, but I snuck that book plenty into my bedroom to read up on all the changes that were happening to my body.  I WANTED to know and I imagine ALL girls do.

I guess I didn't feel comfortable going to my mom.  I don't know why, but I just didn't.  I wanted to figure out everything on my own, but that left FAR too much confusion and me trying to figure out things I learned on the bus.  Was it just me or did everyone learn about EVERYTHING on the bus?  Just me?  Ok!  Clearly the bus wasn't a good resource for learning, but that book my sister gave us was.

All this just to say, I was so happy when the people at Discovery Girls Magazine asked me to review their book Girls guide to Growing Up.  It's just like the coveted book I had when I was younger.  Even though Ella is a tad too young to be going through the changes, I realize her time is not too too far away.  She's 8.5 and according to the book, the average age puberty begins in girls is 10.5!  Yikes.

This book talks about obvious things like your period, and bras, but also talks about dealing with your emotions, zits and body care.  The topics you'd expect are all there and are talked about in an easy to understand manner.  It's not scary and it really plays on the fact that the changes that are happening to you have been happening to women for years (i.e. You WILL get through this).  

One day (probably not in the too distance future) I'll give this book to Ella and maybe she'll hide out in her room and read it front to back or maybe she'll go to it to find out an answer to the question that she heard on the bus.  Even though I rather Ella come to me (and I certainly plan to talk to her about "things") sometimes it  nice to just figure things out yourself-- ok with a little help from your Girls Guide to Growing Up.  I know I'm glad to have had my "special book" and I think Ella will be too.

Would you like to win your own copy of Girls Guide to Growing Up?  Use the Rafflecopter Giveaway to enter. Contest ends on March 9th at 12 am EST.  
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*I was given a copy of this book to review, as always all opinions are my own.  


Nichole N said...

Oh my. Yes, growing up a girl was/is rough stuff! My mom was one of the "let's talk about it" constantly types, but I still did enough of my own research when I could. I remember in 6th grade the big deal was who was getting their period and when, "Omg is that a pad??"...
My daughter will be 9 next month, so I am very interested in this book!
Zaggora - I would love a pair of Atomica Hotpants!

momswimbikerun said...

Apparently I shouldn't have taken a short cut and used an old rafflecopter to make a new one. Just to be clear, this giveaway is for the Girls Guid to Growing Up only and doe not have anything to do with Zaggora. So sorry for the confusion.

Nichole N said...

I figured it was just a fun question. ha! Plus, now I've spent easily 15 minute sitting here making up a new wish list to give to my husband for the next time he asks "What can I get you"! ;)

momswimbikerun said...

oh good... win win then :D The Zaggora hot pants are really awesome!!! I love them :D

tracey smith said...

I know this is weird, but I hated not having any arm hair!


oh goodness! when I was 10, my mom shoved the book "Are you there God? It's me, Margret" under my bedroom door...and left it at that.
everything else I learned from cousins (and observing my older sisters!)
My daughter just turned 8,and while I plan to talk to her about everything, hopefully she will feel comfortable enough to come to me and ask questions-I would LOVE to have this book to give to her,so she can have something to reference to other than me (or the bus ride home from school!)
: )

Karen - Fit in France said...

Raising confident girls has always been my first priority. Positive reinforcement is so important, especially here in France where the educational system is very critical and people always point out what you did wrong, not what you did right. Had a great relationship with my mom growing up, but we didn't talk about girl things until very later on in life. With my girls we talk about everything. I would prefer they ask me their questions, than asking their friends and getting a wrong answer !

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