As a parent, there are many different stages that we have to help guide our children through. We have the infant and toddler stage where we are helping them get used to the world around us, and the teenage years as we prepare our children for their place in the world. A topic that you don’t always think about is the tween age, but this age is another very important step for our children.
Hal and Melanie Young with Great Waters Press have brought us a book to help us through the tween age (8-14years old). No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope is a book for the parents of tweens to help guide them through this age with grace and hope.
What It Is
No Longer Little is a paperback book with about 185-pages. This book is geared towards parents of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 14. You will be walked through things like hormones, emotional upheaval, spiritual, sexuality and virtue, family relationships, and youth in the Bible to name a few.
Throughout this book, you will receive real encouragement, practical help, and overall support from one parent to the next. I will have to say, this is a book I was interested in, until I started reading it, and realized this is a book I need, especially if you currently have a tween or will be having one very soon.
Hal and Melanie Young have written many great books that I have come to love, one of the most notable is Raising Real Men. With my two oldest being boys, I fell in love with this book. Knowing their honest and real style of writing made me excited to read No Longer Little with Ray Ray in mind. While Little Miss is 7, I found a lot of things that related to her while I was reading this also.
How We Used It
There really is no we in how it was used, unless you count mom reading and telling dad what she was learning. This is not a book that I used with the kids, other than saying, “Oh my! I just read a story about you, but it is really not about you.” Yes, I had those moments when reading this book. I felt like Hal and Melanie were talking about my children, yet they were talking about their own as they went through the same stages as mine are entering.
I read this book in my “free” time. I don’t really have a lot of free time, but this book was an easy read. In each chapter, there were subsections that allowed me to pick it up and set it down throughout the day. This is what made it really easy for me to read. I didn’t feel compelled to read a whole chapter at once but was able to easily do so when the time allowed me to.
Another thing that made this book easy to read is that I kept saying, “Wow that is Ray Ray all the way.” “I can see Little Miss doing this!” Knowing that I was able to actively relate the topics to my children made me want to read more.
What I Thought About It
I LOVED this book! I can’t say anything other than that. I really truly loved the way it was written and all that was covered. I could relate to 90% of the topics that were covered and saw my children in the examples given. This made it easy to relate to the book and the advice given was something that was needed in our house.
I love reading books where I can actually see my child in the book, and reading a few examples aloud and seeing Ray Ray and Little Miss looking at me wondering how they could be in a book with their actions or reactions to things let me know this was a book that was needed in our house.
From reading No Longer Little, I was able to find new ways to deal with the changes we are going through, big and small. This allowed me to handle the situations in a new and loving way. I was able to change my reaction, which in turn changed my child’s reaction. We have found a nice balance in how to deal with these topics that many tend to skip over.
I can tell that by helping guide my children through this time in their life, that I am building a more solid foundation for when we actually hit those teen years. Having a good relationship with them now will help in the following teen years when they struggle with who they are and where they fit in the world.
This is not a book for homeschoolers alone. This is a book for anyone with a tween! If you have a child between the ages of 8 and 14, you need to have this book in your house! If you don’t and are struggling with this age, you should grab this book.
Hal and Melanie also have an audiobook out for your teenage boy, Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Towards Sexuality. Moe Man is in the middle of something right now, but I do plan on having him listen to this. If you want to know more about this or No Longer Little, check out the reviews by the other crew member right here: