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Six Ways to Keep the "Little" in Your Girl

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Bestselling author, speaker, and founder of the Secret Keeper Girl conferences, Dannah Gresh shares with moms the secret to helping today's girls grow up confident, grace-filled, and strong in their faith.

Studies show that the foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8-12 and that a good relationship with mom is one of the most important
Paperback, 162 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Harvest House Publishers
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Apr 23, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book had a few great ideas and suggestions. Written as a light read with a lot of references to the bible and Christian beliefs, it was written with the mindset of one mom giving another mom some words of advice. Here are my notes to remember from the book:

#1 Give her the right doll to play with
The need for toys has been created by the industry. Kids don’t “need” anything to play with and they play best when all of their toys don’t define play for them. They will find props they need witho
Mar 24, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Reading this book proves true the saying "desperate times call for desperate measures." If parenting pre-teen daughters isn't a desperate time, I'm not sure what is. This book is the first parenting book I've read in my eleven years of parenting and it quickly reminded me of why I don't read parenting books. So many of them are written as if-then statements. If you do these things as a parent, then this will (or won't) happen. I believe that is, quite simply, a lie. Parenting is not an if-then s ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Camden rated it really liked it
This was a totally random grocery store find but it turned out to be JUST what I was looking for (if you know what I mean) and I was intrigued through the whole thing. In many ways Dannah Gresh reaffirms much of what I'm already trying to do to keep my girls little and from growing up too fast. But she has some even more conservative views than I do, about dating etc. I thought this book was fantastic. She gives some really good talking points so that little girls can grow up with a really healt ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book! The introduction lays out a compelling vision for staying connected to our daughters, and the critical importance of laying specific foundations in the tween years. I love the age-appropriate guidance for beating "the culture" to the punch while still protecting her childhood. What an encouragement. I know many, many moms I will share this book with!
Jan 09, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Awesome book! I got some real, down-to-earth advice on how to protect and preserve my daughter in a world that wants to cheapen and exploit her. I feel well-armed and ready to face the battle of keeping her unplugged from society and plugged into God's Kingdom. Thanks, Dannah, for writing such a powerful guide for us mothers of daughters!
Dec 21, 2015 Callie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I really like how straightforward and practical Dannah Gresh's writing is. This book had a lot of great suggestions for how to help your daughter enjoy her tween years without trying to grow up too fast.
Aug 17, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Very helpful and timely. I am so glad I read this book while my oldest is nine. I could have read it at eight! I loved everything about this book.
Aug 06, 2012 Mindy added it
A must read for moms!!
Nov 22, 2012 Mary-Jane rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book has some ideas for mothers to connect with and teach their tweens which may be a good foundation before the teenage years arive.

The title of the book does not indicate that the book is only for mothers, and the role of the father is ignored by the author.

The key goal for the author is for girls to remain pure until marriage, however I found that point to be almost obsessively emphasized. Should a person be surprised that the biggest "risk factor" to premarital sexual activity is being
Yakking Yogini
How to keep your precious little daughter from being ruined by the culture and media and turning her into a Lady Gaga wanna-be. Common sense stuff like watching TV shows *with* your daughter and asking her evaluative questions to make her think ("Why does Hannah Montana never seem to wear the same clothes twice? Is this a good way to spend her money?") Helping her to realize what a precious and beautiful body she has by giving her a gift basket to help her celebrate the day of her first period a ...more
Feb 11, 2015 Becki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-collector
Summary from B&N: Studies show that the foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8-12 and that a good relationship with mom is one of the most important factors. So when the world wants girls to grow up too fast, how does a mother help her young daughter navigate the stormy waters of boy-craziness, modesty and body image, media, Internet safety, and more? With a warm, transparent style, Dannah Gresh shares six ways a mom can help protect and guide her daug ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Tanya rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Other moms
Shelves: parenting, 2011-books
While there is definitely a strong Christian base to this book, it was helpful as a guide to help eight to twelve year old girls learn to celebrate their bodies and value themselves. I've already used some of the scenarios as a guide for talking to my own daughter. I think this is a practical book to approaching modesty despite peer pressure, dealing with the onslaught of media input and commercialism, and inspiring hope for a the future while establishing some reasonable dating "rules" and limi ...more
Jun 07, 2012 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
What a blessing to have this book! After having a little scare with a choice my eight year old was wanting to make I pulled this book off my shelf (Yes, I'm a nerd. I already bought this book way before I needed it). I was pleased to see the Biblical reasons for us to protect our daughters. I had feared that I may have put rules in place that were more legalistic than Biblical. After reading this book and seeing scriptures that I had forgotten about, I was encouraged by the choices I had made. I ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
My 8 year old has recently started asking some of the hard questions and not letting things go with just the most basic of answers. She has also started liking boys and asking about dating and kissing. I ordered this book and it has helped me realize that I am not alone. Little girls are growing up way to fast these days and it is our job as their mothers to help them grow up to be the women God wants them to be.

It also helped me realize that I let them have too much screen time and that I need
Nov 04, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful, and, in my opinion, a must read for parents with girls. Yes, dads you play a huge part and this book is written in a way that it isn't too girly for you to take the weekend to read through. It isn't anything complicated or new, but written in a way that helped me to organize my parenting priorities.
Jan 05, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
Raising girls is a joy but comes with challenges. I have two girls - 7 and 9. I think I read this at the perfect time, allowing me a little time to get my thoughts together for those "talks". I love the reference to scripture and glad I'll have this book on hand for upcoming conversations!
Nov 09, 2011 Julianne rated it really liked it
I highly recommend this book for anyone who has children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews. Or neighbor kids. Or if you teach Primary children. It seems to me that this is a good general resource book on helping children, particularly girls, NOT try to grow up too fast.

The author is a Christian lady and she uses lots of Bible references. Definitely not KJV. Probably NIV. But that's OK, because she wants the kids to remain innocent or as innocent as possible as long as possible. She gives example
Nov 29, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
Eenh - some good ideas and suggestions. Her style is just so fluffy and somewhat out of touch with 'real' people. Or maybe I'm out of touch with current Christian culture. I was hoping for some depth. Not so much. There were some practical tips on resisting sexualization of children and steering them away from the areas of our culture that will rob their innocence. I am troubled by the chapter on wishing for a husband - it implies a spouse is expected and necessary. That is not biblical or healt ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
This book is filled with excellent suggestions for keeping your girl from growing up too quickly. I'd suggest reading it before your girl reaches age 11. For more information/a longer review visit
Jul 07, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
A great reminder that now is the time to instill morals into my eight-year old daughter, while she is still open to my ideas. Lots of valid points and ideas, with shocking research to back it up. If you don't mind the constant and specific suggestions to "pray over" your little girl, it's worth reading.
Apr 25, 2014 Valeta rated it it was amazing
I feel like the title is misleading. The description does a better job of explaining the purpose of the book.
Mar 13, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book and well written. Valuable information for parents on raising a young lady.
Dec 26, 2013 Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
Now that I have an eight year old, I want to communicate openly with her about all topics related to her growth and development. Dannah Gresh's book is filled with wisdom and encouragement for our journey. She gives specific examples for how to be your daughter's parent, not her friend, and maintain open communication. I am interested in reading her book on mommy/daughter dates, and plan to purchase it soon. Our culture seeks to take the innocence away from our girls at a young age, and I will b ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
When the world wants girls to grow up too fast, how do you help your daughter navigate boy craziness, modesty, body image, media, and Internet safety? The foundation for an emotionally healthy teen girl is built between the ages of 8 and 12. Mothers of tween girls can direct and guide their daughters by developing a close relationship with them. In Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl, Dannah Gresh shares six ways to help you grow confident, godly young women. Also included is a quiz to test ...more
Jul 28, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it
A great read for moms with daughters. Practical, biblical & essential!
Jan 19, 2011 Amy rated it liked it
This book was not quite what I was expecting or looking for at this point in my kids' upbringing. I didn't realize it was for parents of tween girls - I assumed it was for parents of little girls and offered tips on how to keep them little. Still, there's some useful advice in here on how to encourage modesty beginning right now, which I appreciated. I found it more Bible-centered than I expected it to be, and I'm not sure why my reaction to that was somewhat negative - basically only Christian ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Patricia rated it liked it
This is geared towards parents of tweens, but I decided to get a head start so I can mentally prepare myself for the teaching moments that lie ahead. Good advice for teaching girls about what they'll face during womanhood, without letting them grow up too fast. Let little girls be little for as long as you can! And when it's time, send them off prepared. The author is a Christian and the book is a little too religious & preachy (Bible quotes in each chapter, etc.) but if you can get past tha ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Loni rated it really liked it
Very helpful. I will be holding onto this until my girls have graduated from tween-hood.
Mar 25, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Very informative I made myself a lot of notes in the margin
Feb 17, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I would recommend this book to parents of girls even earlier than the tween stage. There was some interesting points on the sorts of dolls and play girls should be engaging with, and the exposure to current marketing trends we should be considering. A very helpful book covering the major issues we need to be thinking through as parents to young girls in the current hyper-sexualized climate.
Only one criticism, there is a little too much emphasis on marriage as a goal and not recognizing singlenes
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Dannah Gresh, a mother/daughter communication coach, has sold well over three quarters of a million copies of her books—including And the Bride Wore White and 2008's best-selling CBA youth book, Lies Young Women Believe (coauthored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss)—making her one of the most successful Christian authors targeting teens and preteens. With the belief that today's culture has been seeking to ...more
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