Parenting is not for the faint-of-heart! If you’re a parent and you feel like you need some help in parenting your tween or teen, From Santa To Sexting by Brenda Hunter and Kristen Blair is a wonderful resource.
From Santa To Sexting makes ample use of comments and emails from other parents. As I read these comments, I found myself feeling like I wasn’t alone in my parenting work. Sometimes parents wonder if they are the only one dealing with a particular issue with their son or daughter, so these notes from other parents help us realize that we all face the same parenting challenges.
Beyond that encouragement, From Santa To Sexting presents some rock-solid research on the current state of the youth culture. These stats help parents see what items are “non-negotiable,” and what items are not ones to get worked up about.
This book is written for parents of middle schoolers, or for those about to enter middle school. Without the details becoming gruesome, topics are dealt with in a very matter-of-fact manner. Topics such as friends, internet/media usage, bullying, and family values. I came away with great assurance that although the battle is tough, it’s not only worth fighting, it’s one we can win!
The writer of proverbs in the Bible said it well: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). This book is a great resource in helping parents “train” their children in healthy ways.
I am a Leafwood Publishers book reviewer.