Hot Buttons Dating Edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.
As an author, O'Dell writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her popular YA fiction includes the Diamond Estate Series and the Scenarios for Girls interactive books that feature alternate endings, allowing young girls to decide the outcome for the main character. Her nonfiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column.
O'Dell, resides in Paxton, IL, with her husband and six children-the youngest of whom are toddler triplets.
Nowadays, teens and pre-teens are facing challenges that aren't quite the same as what their parents and grandparents faced. But don't be scared; be prepared! These books will help you do just that. The author encourages parents to be proactive and not wait around to be reactive. We all want our kids to make wise, Godly decisions and avoid making mistakes. Based on Biblical principles, Nicole O'Dell warns and guides parents to teach, train, and protect their kids from various dangers. Each book is divided into 4 sections: addressing why, when, and how; identifying the hot buttons; showing ways we can help equip our kids; parent-teen study guide which includes confession, forgiveness, and clean slate. I really like the "Strategic Scenarios" which are "real life" situations related to the issues. They give parents opportunities to discuss with kids how they would respond. I've tried some out with my 14 yo son and 11 yo son. We had a lively discussion and I've been very pleased with their discernment so far. By the way, these books help me be extremely thankful that we homeschool our kids :). So many issues mentioned in the books don't apply to our kids because they are homeschooled. However, I still want to be well prepared and I don't want to assume that my kids won't ever be affected by these. It's better for them to know in advance what to do than to run into these troubles later by themselves unguarded and clueless. These books are excellent tools for parents! Practical and insightful! I think these books are "hot" because they offer valuable and important advice for parents regarding issues none can afford to ignore.
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