Jul 25, 2018

Homeschool Review Crew: No Longer Little

When my kids hit about the age of ten, it felt like their brains fell right out of the heads and every single emotion in their body swelled five times its original size and took right over. It was shocking. 

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope from Great Waters Press would have prepared us for this phenomenon. This is a practical book on how to parent those crazy, emotional kids while keeping your relationship with them intact. It is available as an ebook download or physical copy. 

With eight kids of their own, (several of them grown) Hal and Melanie Young have a lot of experience raising pre-teens! They have written several parenting books that I have enjoyed in the past, so I settled down to read this book with great anticipation.

There are twelve chapters in No Longer Litter that cover hormones, emotional upheaval, brains falling out, spiritual questioning, sex, social awkwardness, media, family conflict, transitioning to the next stage, coming of age ceremonies, stewardship and looking forward to high school. 

No Longer Little is entertaining, full of real life stories about kids just like mine. It is inspiring, with success stories and a lot of Scripture. It is encouraging, with an honest look at the difficulties but plenty of practical tips on how to navigate them. It is informative, with lots of details on what to expect and a plethora of tips and advice on how to preserve relationships and guide your kids through a tumultuous time in their lives. 

No Longer Little by Hal and Melanie Young

Because my youngest is nearly twelve and my oldest two are already teenagers, I admit I read this book with an attitude of "I wish I had known that before!" But there was also a lot of head nodding in agreement. I feel like No Longer Little accurately described the transition kids go through as their emotions implode and they struggle to understand their changing bodies and achieve the grown up status they so desperately crave. 

I enjoyed the glimpse into the Young's family life, so like my own, with kids who struggle but also succeed. It is a hopeful, encouraging book with plenty of humor. I loved that they focused more on the positive "do it this way" examples that they have seen and experienced rather than negative "all these people are dumb, bad and wrong" that a lot of parenting books rely on. 

I especially appreciated the advice in the Media chapter. It frustrates me so much when people parent out of fear and I love the Young's perspective of raising kids with intentionality: guiding them through social media use and the perils of the Internet so they know how to use them instead of shielding and protecting them then throwing them to the wolves when they grow up and move out. 

In fact, I agreed with their position through out the book and am happy to highly recommend it to you! It is an especially good read for parents whose kids are in the seven to nine year old range. Read this book before you need it and not after, like I did.   

Click on the banner below to see what other Crew Members have to say about these two books from 
Great Waters Press.

You can also read my own review of Love, Honor and Virtue

Love, Honor, and Virtue  AND No Longer Little {Great Waters Press Reviews}
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