“I like good strong words that mean something…”Louisa May Alcott, Little Women.
We all know how important it is to read to our toddlers. We invest in lots of books to fill their quickly developing brains with all the good stuff.
But have you ever thought about the benefits to reading to your tween? They are on the brink of turning into little women. 🙂
They have lots of questions, even if they pretend they don’t. When you try to talk to them about these questions, they usually respond with a lot of awkwardness.
They don’t want to talk about it! Any of it! You name it, they don’t want to talk about it….how they feel, the drama, the friends, the friend drama, the growing, and especially not THE BOYS!
Oh, but the questions are there, and if you don’t answer them, there are a host of others that will: the internet, friends, celebrities, TV shows, did I mention THE INTERNET?
So where do you begin? I decided to be intentional with our time together–just like the intentional time I gave them when they were toddlers. Reading.
We are about halfway through Girl Talk, by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre. They are a mother-daughter duo writing from both perspectives.
What I LOVE about it:
Honest Questions that Lead to Honest Answers
Self Reflection (this one can sting)
This reading to your tween thing takes effort. They don’t jump up into your lap and beg to be read to anymore, but if you can carve out the time and make it a priority, reading to your girls will make an immediate difference in your mother/daughter relationship.