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Subject: Suggestions on Mother/Daughter Devotional or Conversation Starter
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 2:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2009
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I'm looking for a Christian book to help me jump start discussions with my 9 year old daughter. I'm wishlisting a book called "Just Mom & Me Having Tea" that looks good.

Anyone have experience with this?


Subject: Better than I thought...
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 4:26 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2008
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A friend gave me the "Little Girls Bible Storybook for Mothers and Daughters"  by Carolyn Larsen, which I thought I would hate.  I cringed at how they added lots of non-factual details to the stories.  I didn't like the cutsie drawings.  But I am starting to really appreciate it because my 7 year old loves it!

The stories are written from the viewpoint of the woman or girl in the story, which she likes.  After each story is a discussion about what it means to become a woman of God, and it prompts you to tell a story about yourself.  This really opens up the discussion time and is the part my daughter especially loves.  In fact, my son became jealous of all the extra quality time we girls were spending together, to the point that she actually bought him the boy version for his birthday.

The fact that it says it is for little girls threw us off.  A lot of the questions are really geared toward older elementary, IMHO.  In fact, I keep thinking we need to read this again when she is a teenager and I will tell her some more interesting stories about myself that she doesn't need to hear now!  It never occurred to me how much she would enjoy hearing about my experiences when I was her age.

Ok, sorry to make this so long, but here's the last thing:  Some examples of stories you might be asked to share are things like, Tell about a time when you didn't obey.  What were the consequences?  or Who were your friends in elementary school?  What kinds of things did you play?  Looking back, would you choose different friends now?

Best of luck!



Subject: Thanks!
Date Posted: 7/19/2009 4:37 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2009
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with me. I happened to find a devotional book at Krogers by the same author! We're reading it together and we both like it. Hopefully it will help us!

Subject: Devotionals for moms/daughters
Date Posted: 7/20/2009 12:47 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2008
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Here are some of our favorite devotionals:

_Little Visits with God_ incorporates a Bible verse, short (1 page) modern-day moral story, discussion questions, and a sample prayer.  This was my favorite devotional as a child, and my girls enjoyed it also.   I'd say elementary-aged kids would enjoy these the most; there are now several volumes.


The following books are broken down into chapters, not into days, but we just read a section of 2-5 pages at a time.

Last year, we used  _Secret Keepers_ by Dannah Gresh for a study on purity and modesty.  This may be useful to you now, depending on the "level of sophistication" of your daughter's tastes in clothes <grin>.  My girls were in 7th grade when we read this, and I thought it was very helpful in clarifying how God expects believers to dress and why.

The Mally books are also good devotionals.  We read _Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends_ this past year and are now working through  _Before You Meet Prince Charming_.  The first book would be appropriate even for elementary-aged students, but, of course, since the second book gets into crushes, dating, and boyfriends, it is best for middle- to high-schoolers.

I would love for some hsing moms of teen girls to weigh in on this... as I'll be looking for another devotional soon!

Subject: Mother Daugther time
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 4:42 PM ET
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I used Dear Princess with my daughters at that age.  It was nice.  We skipped one or two lessons on head covering because we are not Mennonites, but otherwise the book was a real blessing.


Subject: Mother Daughter Book
Date Posted: 7/31/2009 8:49 PM ET
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Growing Little Women by Donna Miller and Christine Yount is excellent.  I liked it much better than the Mom and Me Having Tea one.  I've done both.


Date Posted: 8/3/2009 9:03 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2008
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I used Devotions for girls  (Legacy Press  ISBN 188535861x)

This one I have is for ages 2-5. but they do have for other age groups.

I really like it. Short sweet, to the point and little crafts and hands-on activities to do together.

Blessings, Verlina

Subject: Bright Lights materials
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 11:26 AM ET
Member Since: 5/26/2008
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Someone mentioned the Mally books.  I haven't read the books but am familiar with the Bright Lights materials that Sarah Mally has put together.  They are excellent!  It think they are written to be used in a group setting, but they are just as valuable to use one on one.  There are about 7 sets of written materials for girls 8-14, and there are CD's that contain additional stories.  They are fairly inexpensive.  Go to brightlights.org or tomorrowsforefathers.org to find the materials.  My daughters, 12 and 14, are on there way home to Michigan from a Bright Lights Conference in Kentucky as I write this.

When my girls were little (preschool- 5) we liked the Miller books by Mildred Martin.  The first book,Storytime with the Millers, has a crafty workbook that goes with the stories.  As the kids got older we read School Days with the Millers,Wisdom wtih the Millers, Prudence with the Millers and Missionary Stories  witht he Millers.  We had excellent conversations about applying faith and living God pleasing lives using these books.