The Twofer are turning the corner into tweendom. It's evident not in their age (8) but more in their attitude. They want more independence, they are asking difficult questions, and they are wanting to spend more time with friends than with me! (How dare they!)
Their world is getting more complicated every day. They are kids, but they want to be more grown up. They have issues with friends and they are learning to work them out. They are starting to look at themselves more and compare differences.
So when Discovery Girls asked if I would like a sample of their magazine to review I was thrilled.
The Discovery Girls issue I was sent has articles that cover everything from spending versus saving money, to shopping for your first bra. Each story has quotes from real girls discussing their experience, or how they dealt with a particular situation. The theme is that whatever you are feeling about the topic (nervous, scared, excited) it's NORMAL. If I squint my eyes and try to remember back to that age when everything around you seems like it's changing...it would be nice to read about other girls who are feeling the same way.
(The silver issue in the photo is a Collector's Edition that is filled with 10 years of Discovery Girls history from fashion to embarrassing moments to quizzes and advice.)
I was also sent a set of the Discovery Girls' Fab Girl Guides
The Fab Girls are twins Carmen and Dallas. They are about as different from each other as night and day. The guides are written to help girls get through the difficult middle-school years and you can see by the book titles they cover everything.
How to deal with mean girls & frenemies
What do you do if you show up at school in PJs for pajama day...and it isn't pajama day?!?
How to get your mom to stop listening to your phone calls
And what it's like when a family is going through a rough time.
I was not going to let the Twofer dig into these books just yet but they picked them up before I could say anything and they haven't put them down. Some of the topics are tough...losing someone your love, being cyber bullied, having an alocholic parent. I realize this is a great opportunity to set the example that in our family we TALK about those things. If they have questions after reading a book, I will answer it. Starting the dialogue now about tough topics will hopefully show them they can come to me when they really need to.
WIN a Discovery Girls magazine subscription and Fab Girls Guide book set!
One lucky TwoferMom reader will be chosen at random to receive a Discovery Girls prize package valued at $70 including a 1-year subscription, the collector's edition, and all 4 Fab Girls books! All you have to do is enter here to win.
How to enter: (leave separate comment for each)
1. Leave a comment telling me who you would give the magazines and books to
2. Tweet a link to this giveaway on Twitter and include me @JanineNickel
3. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email (click on the coffee mug in the right column)
4. Include a link to this giveaway on your own blog
Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011. Winner will be notified via email and prizing will be handled by Discovery Girls.
Good luck to all who enter!
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Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the the magazines and books for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being posted.