The Truth (book review)

What's important to girls at age 10? Validation and being understood.
These are two strong points I took from reading the book The Truth (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything) by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, psychologist.Having a 10 year old daughter myself, I knew I'd be able to relate to this story about a young girl explaining life in her own words, via a diary-style story.

Just as it's confusing for adults, girls ages 8-12 are also confused and are trying to find a method of understanding their family, friends, and feelings.

'The Girl' that authors the diary entries of the book talks about her parents often. They fight aloud and frequently and it stumps her in trying to understand their motives. "Why would a grown-up put down someone he's supposed to love?" the girl asks herself. It inevitably ruins the day, and nothing is solved. Sometimes her immature points hit a nerve with reality.

The book is written for both parents and young girls. Mothers can have a peek into their child's hearts, while children can validate their own similar feelings.

'The Girl' includes snippets on boys, friendships, teachers, moving, body awareness, and self-confidence. It definately had me thinking, "is this what my daughter is thinking?" and made me stop and think, how am I affecting my own children with my words and actions.

Overall, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. Either because I remember myself at that age and the feelings I had, but was afraid to share with anyone. Or more due to having my own daughter who must have the same questions and feelings. Included at the end of the book is a questionnaire to ask and discuss with your child.
My daughter will be reading this book as well. I'm anxious to discuss the questions with her at the end and promoting open-lines of communication about the things that are happening in her life.
Buy your own copy of The Truth, I promise it's worth every penny!

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  1. Rachel said...

    wow I haven't heard of this book and I am sooo intrigued. we often forget sometimes how our kids are affected about what they see in their own lives especially at home and not to mention when they go to school. I can't wait to read it!

  2. Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

    I am definetly going to check this book out.

  3. Bree Shaw said...

    do you know if they have a book like that about "boys"? since i have 3 boys, i need all the help i can get. if you do know a book about "boys" let me know, i would love to read it:)

  4. HappyHourSue said...

    Thanks- that sounds great for my 11 year old (and me!)

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  5. Jamie said...

    Thanks for the review - two posts today I have read have been about books for tweens.. wonder if God is trying to tell me something??? Haven't been reading for a wee bit - hope you are doing well!!

  6. Cheryl said...

    I loved both the women's and girl's version of this book. I've also read other titles by Dr. Barbara and always felt better about myself as a result. I'm glad I've had a tiny part in helping her promote her work.

    Thanks for the great review!

    Cheryl

  7. Jamey said...

    I haven't heard of this either, sounds good! thanks for sharing.

  8. Kristy said...

    sounds really interesting...I might have to check it out!

  9. Ramblin' Red said...

    Sounds interesting...thanks for sharing!

    Love your cartoony self!

  10. La Mom said...

    You should start a book club - your review is great. I'm going to get the book even though I have a few years to wait until Small Fry will need it.
    Merci!

  11. flickrlovr said...

    Sounds like a good book-my Mom did the same, we'd read books like this together...it really helped keep our relationship open and real through the hard years. You're a smart mama for trying to stay ahead of the game here :)

  12. SgtSudsWife said...

    This book sounds very interesting. My oldest is 6 and I came across the American Girl books which are very interesting so far. I will be looking into this book too. Thanks for the review.

  13. Mrs4444 said...

    Another good book for anyone with a daughter is Queen Bees and WannaBees (about the social scene for girls). Takes you right back to middle school.

  14. Just A Mom (call me JAM for short) said...

    You've been tagged with a meme! Check it out. It's a long one though, so only if you've got some time!

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