All Things Girl: Truth for Teens (Bezalel Books) is a wonderful resource for girls on the cusp of womanhood, ready to navigate their way in the world. At this impressionable age, girls aren’t always open to guidance from their mothers. Leaving a book like this lying casually around the house — where your daughter might pick it up on her own — could be the next best thing!
This latest in the offering from the “All Things Girl” series by Teresa Tomeo, Molly Miller, Monica Cops, and Cheryl Dickow features both a manual and companion journal. For more information, go to Bezalel Books.
Topics range from relationships (including guys to watch out for) to beauty and dressing appropriately for your body type to financial responsibility. One of my favorite parts is a life-affirming poem by Blessed Mother Teresa:
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.