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A Growing-up Guide: What Girls Like You Want to Know

Press:Baker Pub Group Bethany House (June 1, 2003)
Author Name:Byrd, Sandra


Sandra Byrd's sensitive approach is ideal for girls facing the challenges of growing from girlhood to womanhood. 
Sandra carefully addresses the sometimes frightening physical and emotional changes girls are experiencing, providing needed information in a modest but clear way.
Answers to real-life questions and mother-and-daughter bonding ideas enhance the book's appeal.
Whether girls read the book on their own or share it with their mothers, it is invaluable help for those becoming the young women God desires them to be.

About the Author

Sandra Byrd lives near beautiful Seattle, between the snow-capped Mount Rainier and the Space Needle, with her husband and two children (and let's not forget her Australian shepherd, Trudy). 
When she's not writing, she's usually reading, but she also likes to scrapbook, listen to music, and spend time with friends.
Besides writing Girl Talk, she's also the author of The Hidden Diary books and the bestselling series Secret Sisters.

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My Body Growing up means ... 
I’m changing from a girl into a young woman! Girls like you say ...
"I’m glad I have a mom who is willing to listen and talk to me about the questions I have as I grow up." "When I think about growing up I am very excited.
It’s going to be fun when I learn to drive." "The best thing about getting as tall as my mom is that I get to wear her clothes." "When I think about growing up ...
I get excited and scared at the same time!" Growing means changing.
No matter how you grow—in your body, your mind, your relationships, or your spirit—it brings change.
Sometimes change is easy, and sometimes it’s hard.
Sometimes we don’t notice that we’re changing, and other times we wonder if everyone notices, even if we don’t want them to! Change feels weird and a little scary because we’re leaving something we know for something we don’t know.
Change also feels exciting because it brings new opportunities and adventures.
Have you ever seen one of those time-lapse movies where they start with a seed, and then it quickly becomes a little shoot, then a bigger plant, then a flower bud, then the full-blown blossom? Even though those changes happened over a long period of time, the film was sped up for viewing.
When you watch it happen on screen, the whole process seems to zoom by in a minute.
When you enter puberty, it can seem like a lot of changes are happening fast, too.
But just like the flower seed, changes have been transforming your body for a long time.
You just haven’t seen them till now.
These changes are no surprise to God.
He made your body to function just right, changing at the right times.
He planned and prepared for you—and still does.
As changes come, you can rest knowing that they are normal, natural, and intended just as God meant for them to be.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! ...
Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.
You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! Psalm 139:13–15 tlb You Asked What IS puberty? Puberty is the time in your life when your body is changing from that of a kid to that of an adult.
It doesn’t mean you are an adult yet, but it means that you are becoming one.
You are becoming physically mature—that is, your body is making the change from girl to woman.
This change doesn’t happen overnight, even though it might seem like it.
It all starts with hormones.
Yeah, what are hormones, anyway? Your brain knows when it’s time for you to begin growing up.
It makes and sends hormones into your blood, which carries them throughout your body.
Imagine it working like electricity.
Your body is like a lovely house with many levels and rooms.
When the house is built, all of the rooms are wired for electricity, even though it might not be switched on in every room right away.
When you’re a child, the electricity is switched on in some rooms but not in all.
As you near puberty, your brain and pituitary gland send signals to your body that it’s time to mature.
One by one, these hormones turn on different switches in your body.
Each switch sends a signal to a different room in the house—a different part of your body.
Your ovaries begin to get a little bigger inside you, for example.
Growth hormones tell feet and legs and arms to grow longer.
* * * Mom and Me Ideas From Girls Like You "We had a pajama party—no dads or brothers allowed.
We read a book together about growing up and the changes that happen, and we talked about what it was like for Mom.
We had popcorn and watched a girl movie afterward.
We talked about anything and asked questions, too.
Questions are always important, anytime." Debbie and Sarah, age 11 "My mom is sometimes brave enough to do up my hair in new ways, and I am brave enough to wear it in public." Kaylynn and Emily, age 12 "Tori loves to shop but I absolutely don’t like to, so she knows how special it is when I take her." Bev and Tori, age 12


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  •     This was a great book for my daughters it gives just the right amount of information needed for a teen entering into womenhood.

  •     I bought this for my 11 year old daughter who had questions and fears of growing-up. She had questions she wanted to ask but didn't know how or even if she really wanted to ask. I wanted to answer all her questions but frankly, I didn't know the answer to half of them. I bought a christain book last year but was disappointed. It was so direct and cold. It had topics and illustration that were inappopriate for her age and no where did it draw you to give glory to God. I actually kept the book out of reach. With this book I just handed it over to her and she just loves it. It answers all her question in a question-answer format but does more. It engages you yet you could decide to skim though and pick and choose any topic easily. And one of the best parts is how it's sprinkled with bible verses where ever appopriate. There's parts for her to write in and "ask your mom or dad" sections to encourage bonding (so the book doesn't totally replace me). We absolutely love this book and recommend it to everyone.


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