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Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore: Navigating 25 Inevitable Conversations That Arrive Before You Know Itby Sue Sanders
Synopses & Reviews
Adolescence can sneak up on a parent, rearing its head in the form of a provocative question: "Hey Mom, have you ever smoked pot?" Wasn't it just yesterday that you were taking the drug-free pledge? That was Sue Sanders's first thought when her daughter Lizzie asked her that very question. Once the initial panic subsided, she did something bold: she told the truth.
In Mom, I'm Not a Kid Anymore, Sanders takes readers beyond "the talk," sharing 25 essays on topics all parents of teens face, but not many are brave enough to tackle honestly and personally. From having awkward conversations about God to giving advice for dealing with a mean girl alongside memories and pent-up emotions from her own middle school experience, Sanders's honest account of navigating these teachable moments will resonate with readers who are wondering how they will answer these very questions later on, and those who are already in the thick of raising an adolescent.
A child's questions tend to raise a parent's own set about how they were raised, what they want to (and would rather not) pass on, and who their children will grow up to be. But you can't plan for every question, and the questions come fast. Sanders's essays will help prepare parents for handling modern situations, remind them to trust their intuition, and give them solace in the fact that they are not alone. Sanders's husband, stepfather to her daughter Lizzie, will offer a male perspective via a foreword or bonus essay.
"The preteen years can be especially harrowing for mothers of girls, as mom Sanders demonstrates in her sharp collection of stories and essays. Organized around hot-button questions brought up by her own preteen daughter, the author tackles a diverse set of issues with a distinctive narrative. Negotiating with herself about behaviors she will accept in her daughter, Sanders brings up many important points as she explores her own past. How do you set boundaries if you have never experienced any? How do you convince your daughter to avoid the same mistakes you once made? A product of a family in which very little was discussed, Sanders is determined to maintain her role as her daughter's friend and confidante. She addresses the nature of family, spirituality, preteen slang, and the age-old issue of 'mean girls'; topics broached in more communicative households. Sanders's memoir of parenting her daughter through a rather happy childhood is standout work with true depth, and she carefully reminds readers that parenting on autopilot doesn't work. However, this is not a book of parenting advice; it is a book about what to expect if you're doing it right. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Raising a preteen can sneak up on you. Best friends can turn into crushes--or bullies--overnight, and suddenly everything you do is so embarrassing. Connecting with someone who not so long ago was your baby and now only responds in shrugs and eye-rolls is difficult, but open, respectful communication is exactly what a preteen needs.
About the Author
Sue Sanders is a writer whose essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Oregonian, Parents, Family Circle, and on Salon and Babble, among others. Her stories have been included in the anthologies Ask Me About My Divorce and Women Reinvented. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.
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