Saturday, July 4, 2015

Start Talking: A Girl's Guide for You and Your Mom about Health, Sex, or Whatever

Product was received for free in exchange for an honest review.

A Q&A guide for mother-daughter conversations about female health and sexuality, this book targets both daughters and mothers. Start Talking contains more than 113 questions girls ask including questions about periods, sex, relationships, guys, eating, exercise, body development, along with similar questions verbalized by mothers. Each chapter contains basic information accompanied by real-life vignettes, questions and answers for moms, questions and answers for daughters, "Table Talk" suggestions for moms on how to engage each other around these topics. This book differs from books targeting just girls understanding their own bodies, and from books targeting just mothers on what they should know: it is deliberately meant to spark conversations.

My thoughts:

I absolutely needed this book with an eleven year daughter.  The suggestions on how to open a conversation on menstrual cycles, boys, doctor visits etc. The Q & A format was extremely helpful on suggested conversation starters.  As a mom with a young daughter who isn't far from becoming a teenager, I want to keep communication open with her, and I want her to know that she can come to me with anything.   We have read some sections in this book together, and had discussions on what we have read.  

This is an easy read, and very very informative. The Table Talk sections throughout the chapters are great.  After reading this book you might notice changes in your daughter that you didn't prior to reading this.   There are many topics in this book that I had never even thought of. I am very happy to have this book, and will have it handy for a few years.