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I have been a fan of Bob and Dannah Gresh for years. In case you aren’t familiar with them; Bob and Dannah Gresh are creators of the nation’s largest touring ministry for tween girls, Secret Keeper Girl, as well as authors of numerous books. The Greshes have three young adult children—Rob, Lexi and Autumn—and live on a farm in Pennsylvania.
Even though I am a mom of boys I appreciate their work, which is mostly on behalf of girls though there are wonderful books for boys and adults too, to help us grow kids with pure hearts. Their ministries Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl do great work and I have used their resources when I ran the girls’ ministry at our former church for 18 years.
Research shows that by the time a girl is 11 years old, 30 percent will have had a boyfriend. Some seem to even be born crazy about boys. Even if your daughter isn’t one of them, her friends probably are. What’s a parent to do? And how can we keep our tween girls off the boy-crazy train?
About “Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys”
In Talking with Your Daughter about Understanding Boys, the Greshes add to the popular Secret Keeper Girl 8 Great Dates series by offering eight dates specifically designed for dads and daughters. Each one and a half hour date has a different focus but follows the same general format, including special audio messages, dad-daughter discussion time, and a fun challenge activity, including a wilderness adventure hike, a treasure hunt, and even, well, pulling a fun prank on friends. Each date focuses on topic such as helping your daughter begin to understand that boys are part of God’s plan, discovering the difference between true love and counterfeit love, and helping her learn to believe that her value comes from God, not from boys. The dates are designed for girls between 8-12.
The 8 Dates
- Mission Possible-Adventure Pranking 101 (To begin to understand boys as a part of God’s plan).
- Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice-Recipe for Success (To begin to understand what it means to be a girl).
- As You Wish-Movie Night (To discover the difference between true love and counterfeit love).
- Sticks and Stones-A Wilderness Adventure Hike (To learn to believe that her value comes from God, not a boy).
- Natural Treasure-A Treasure Hunt (To discover that she is a treasure and should expect to be treated as one).
- How Does your Garden Grow?-Plant Something (To grow by feeding herself with God’s Word).
- Star Track The Final Frontier-Stargazing (To learn to rely on God for guidance).
- Dress for Success-A Celebration Date with Mom and Dad (To begin to view marriage as a picture of God’s love for His people).
Mom Maven’s Thoughts
This book is wonderful! Any dad who truly loves his daughter and wants God’s best for her life would love this book. Talking with Your Daughter About Understanding Boys (8 Great Dates for Dads and Daughters) would make a great Father’s Day gift. The book is written for men and the 8 dates included in the book are a perfect mix of fun and frilly.
We raised our boys from birth with the understanding that courting was preparation for marriage and dating was the world’s way of perverting it. Never did our boys have little “girlfriends” at age 4 or 5-it just wasn’t acceptable. They were taught to cherish the woman that God brings into their life and that marriage is a lifetime commitment. I truly appreciate that the Greshes are teaching young girls that they are to be treasured and I hope that some day soon they will write a similar book for young boys.
One reader from the US or Canada will win a copy of Talking with Your Daughter about Understanding Boys. The giveaway ends at midnight on June 9, 2014. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.