The trickle up theory is easy to put in place when you have a book like, “The Care & Keeping of YOU,” (The Body Book for Younger Girls) published by AmericanGirl.
This new edition was written by Dr. Cara Natterson who firmly believes in empowering children to make wise choices, which they teach to you (in lieu of parent “helicoptering” and trickle-down parenting). Give your daughter the book to read, and then watch the magic of the “trickle up” theory when SHE reminds YOU not to slump while you are walking.
Does this actually happen? Yes!! Girls LOVE this book and read and re-read it. It explains pretty much everything to them about their body in an interesting, accessible, fun way. It’s smartly written and does not talk down to them.
Let your daughter explain to you the importance of sleep. It’s not going to thwart every bed-time battle, but it will help abate quite a few.
This is a book for you to read first and then let her read it on her own. Help bring out points with her, but let her do the teaching to you and feel like the confident leader.
It’s loaded with tidbits and advice that she can (and WILL) remind you about. Some of my favorites, explained by girls who have read (and re-read) the book:
—Getting gum out of your hair with peanut butter
—Post pool ear treatments
—Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Of course, it deals with the subject of pimples and puberty too in the most friendly, unthreatening and understanding way.
If you’re based in Los Angeles, Dr. Cara Natterson will be at The American Girl Store (at the Grove), Saturday, March 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to sign books, answer questions, share her wisdom, etc. Don’t miss it!!
The Care & Keeping of You, store.americangirl.com, $12.99