Book Review: Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends: How to Successfully Navigate Your Daughter’s Tween Years

Book Review: Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends: How to Successfully Navigate Your Daughter’s Tween Years

Navigating the Tween Years with Your Daughter

The tween years can be an uncertain time for both girls and their parents. Parents try to identify and sympathize with the mood and attitude changes of their daughters, they watch friendships change or come and go, and look on as mean girls take Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 10.01.25 PMcenter stage. If that weren’t enough, temptations and negative influences are introduced and multiply, and social media hits their smartphones. All of this and much more compete for attention in the all-important three or four years before your daughter becomes a teenager. Fortunately, guidance is available.

Parents have a lot of questions during the tween years, including what to do about the drama and meanness in their daughter’s class and friendships, why girls that their daughter thought were friends have turned on her, what to do when it seems like their daughter is starting to care more about what her friends say than her parents, what they need to know and keep on top of with cell phones and computers, what to do about bullying, and how to manage the negative influences in music and other media.

These questions and much, much more are answered in Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends. Topics such as puberty, tween influences in the media, friends, bullying, cyberbullying, and drugs and alcohol are all covered thoroughly in this book. But the author, Debi Smith-Racanelli, didn’t forget to include fun and important ways for parents to connect with tween girls. Debi uses her extensive background as a psychologist and parenting educator to provide insight in a straightforward yet humorous way. She has worked with all age-ranges, at-risk kids, and kids in her own community. This experience, plus her own experience raising a daughter come together nicely to support readers with her professional expertise, yet allow them to relate to her as a “real” mom.

A unique and often amusing feature of Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends is titled Kendall’s Corner which concludes each chapter. Kendall is Debi’s tween daughter who was given free rein to provide her personal perspective on what mom has written on the various subjects. This is not, “Gee, mom. That’s a really great chapter. I totally agree.” Sometimes she agrees, sometimes she doesn’t, sometimes you can picture her shaking her head. Who says tweens can’t have the last word?

Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends: How to Successfully Navigate Your Daughter’s Tween Years by Debi Smith-Racanelli is a unique and enjoyable blend of education and experience, wit and wisdom. Debi always says that the biggest compliment from anyone reading the book would be to hear that they felt as if they just had a great conversation with a knowledgeable friend.

Did you catch the podcast with Debi? If you missed it, you can listen to it here!

About Debi Smith-Racanelli: 

Debi Smith-RacanelliDebi Smith-Racanelli has earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and completed advanced graduate studies in psychology and gender studies. She has clinical experience in counseling settings and non-profits, where she has come to appreciate the importance of effective parenting, and is a passionate advocate of parenting education. Her new book Between Baby Dolls and Boyfriends helps parents navigate the complexities of raising tween girls.

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Ten to Twenty Parenting was created as an honest resource for those of us parenting kids between the ages of 10 and 20. Our needs are so different and the issues much more complex than diaper rashes and playground tantrums.

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Ten to Twenty Parenting was created as an honest resource for those of us parenting kids between the ages of 10 and 20. Our needs are so different and the issues much more complex than diaper rashes and playground tantrums.

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