Mandtory Reading for Parents of teen girls: "The 10 Myths of Teen Dating" by Daniel & Jacquelyn Anderson

The 10 Myths of Teen Dating

about the book...

There’s no greater moment of panic in a parent’s life than when their daughter begins to date.
Due to their lack of knowledge about the world their teens face coupled with the scant dating information they received as teens, many parents feel ill-equipped to guide their daughters through the minefield that is teen dating.
And by the same token, teenage girls crave information about dating and relationships. And left to their own devices, many will develop their own assumptions about dating by talking to their friends or watching the latest TV shows and movies. But that will only lead them down a path toward heartbreak.
So how do you engage your daughter in discussions about dating, relationships, and her future happiness? Expert educator Daniel Anderson and his twenty something daughter, Jacquelyn, help you navigate the biggest dating myths, including: the myth that a boyfriend will make your daughter happy, that she should trust her feelings, or that sex will enhance her relationship. Combining the latest scientific research with poignant personal stories, as well as proven truths and practical application, The 10 Myths of Teen Datingwill equip you to teach your daughter how to date smart for today . . . and tomorrow.
my review...

Having two daughters on the cusp of the teen years, I must admit to a certain amount of fear and trembling as I contemplate the reality that they are not that many years away from - gasp - dating! To the rescue come father-daughter team Daniel and Jacquelyn Anderson, offering up their collective wisdom to help parents guide their daughters through the teen years. The book is broken up into easy to ready chapters, and can either be read in one go or taken one chapter at a time. I thought the authors did a brilliant job at joining together the truth of the chapter, interspersed with Jacquelyn's thoughts based on her own experiences growing up, allowing readers to learn from both the good and the not-so-good parenting techniques she experienced (or observed in friends). The authors have a realistic understanding of today's culture and the challenges teens face, ones that simply didn't exist 20 or 30 years ago. Each chapter includes a "question for reflection" section that is well thought out and are a wonderful way to help the reader internalize the subject matter that the chapter focuses on. Personally, I most appreciated the "questions for you and your daughter to discuss" as they will help open up conversations that some parents just may not feel brave enough to bring up otherwise. In an era where more and more teens are engaging in sexual activity earlier and earlier, the negative emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences of NOT talking with our teens about these things are worse than ever.

I for one am grateful that a copy of this book landed in my hands. I feel much more equipped to chart my way through the teen years - and the issue of dating and sexuality - with my daughters, and there is good material in here that is applicable to my son as well. I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group.

about the author...

Daniel Anderson and Jacquelyn Anderson
Daniel Anderson is a former college All-American basketball player, an expert educator, and a father of two grown daughters and a son. As a veteran high school teacher in the public school system, Daniel was troubled by how his students approached dating and relationships. He and his daughter, Jacquelyn Anderson—a twenty something and also a high school teacher—decided to address this need by equipping parents with "The 10 Myths of Teen Dating," their first book together. Daniel and Jacquelyn both make their home in Portland, Oregon.


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