What Your Mother Never Told You by Richard M. Dudum

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What Your Mother Never Told YouStars: *****

Subtitle: A Survival Guide for Teenage Girls

I received this book for review from the author. I am also counting it towards the ARC Challenge.

I must admit when I first received this offer I was intrigued because I’ve read lots of books for teenage girls, mostly when I was a teen, but never one written by a guy. So I was very interested in reading what a guy had to tell a teenage girl.

This is the BEST guide for teen girls I have ever seen and even though my kids are only 1 and 2, I’ll be saving it for when they are teens. I wish I had this guide when I was younger.

This is a no-nonsense, no-bull&*%! book that tells it like it is, which is exactly what teen girls need and exactly what all the other guides are lacking. As a parent of a teen, you may be shocked at what the author says but you would need to realize that teens aren’t stupid and they know when you are just giving them lectures disguised as advice.

For example, most books tell teens they shouldn’t drink and why. This book tells you that AND says that if despite all this info, you still decide to drink (because let’s face it, many will,) than at least drink SAFELY and here’s how.

Also the author helps the teen think about how the parents feel or think and to consider that when they decide to do something or not.

Each chapter is short, which is good because talking too much on one tough subject will just make the teen tune out. Here is a brief list of topics covered: Body Language, Never Assume, Mean Girls, Confidence and Self-Esteem, Stereotypes, How to Tell Your Parents (anything), Watch Your Back, Gossip, S_x*, Alcohol, Drugs, Facebook/Email/Webcams, Porn, Free Will, Love and much more. You will also find some appendices with these titles: Specific Drug Details, Sexual Assault – Steps to Take, Signs to Watch For, A Friend in Need and Take Some Time.

I cannot make it clear enough how much EVERY teenage girl needs a copy of this book. If you think that having your child read about alcohol, drugs and S_x or talking about it will make him or her try it, you are mistaken. Statistics have proven that having an open conversation and not holding back on real facts will help your teen make better choices.

If you happen to be a teen and are reading this, you NEED this book. If you have money, buy it. Otherwise ask a trusted adult to get it for you as a gift.

*I am not spelling out this word because I don’t want those searching for that topic to come to this site

The Book’s Website: What Your Mother Never Told You

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