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The Books Showing Up on Christmas Wish Lists for Denver Moms

This holiday season, many parents are hoping only that Santa delivers the answer to their most pressing parenting issue. Why won’t my toddler eat anything but candy? How do I help my daughter make friends? Why is my son failing math? Why is every family but ours able to balance sports, an instrument and homework? Will she ever put that cell phone down? Our carpool is a disaster! A girlfriend!?

Dear Santa, please help!

So here’s a list of great books about parenting, our children and education. Some will make you laugh out loud at yourself or your kids. An occasional chapter may make you cry. They all provide guidance that you can take or leave. But the best thing about these books is that you realize you are not alone.

My favorite of 2013 was Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. Wiseman is the best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, which I hear is the go-to book for mothers of girls as they approach adolescence. I happen to have three boys, so I fell for the subtitle, “helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of Boy World.” Apparently, asking boys how their day was as soon as you pick them up from school is totally wrong. Who knew?! This book made me laugh, changed our time in the car, and made me wonder even more about what makes my boys tick. Wiseman’s great interviews with boys are the backbone of the text, which makes her recommendations hit home in a such reasonable way. This is a book from which you will end up reading out loud to your friends over the phone. Great for book clubs!

Girl World Tour for moms and tweens/teens

This post comes with a giveaway. Read to the bottom for info and to enter.

No parent wants to raise a mean girl.

The author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book on which the film Mean Girls was based, wants to help Denver-area moms and their daughters navigate more easily through the tween and teen years.

Rosalind Wiseman brings her Girl World Tour to Denver on Friday evening, April 16, from 6:30 -8:30 at Girl’s Inc. Mothers* of daughters aged 8-14 are invited for an evening of bonding, laughing, and an “interactive discussion about confidence, friendships, sweat-inducing moments and common mother-daughter challenges.”

The event is $41.50 for a mother-daughter pair, and includes a copy of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl Worlds for the adult and Rosalind’s debut young adult novel Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials for the daughter. In addition, attendees will receive a gift bag with swag from sponsors Dove Go Fresh deodorant and Family Circle magazine.

Info and tickets at Girls Inc.

Thanks to Dove Go Fresh deodorant, one lucky Mile High Mama and her daughter will receive complimentary tickets to this event. Please click here to enter by this Friday, April 9, and make sure we can reach you by email should you be selected the winner. The randomly selected commenter will be notified this weekend, with tickets available at Will Call.

I’ll be there with Tessa. Might I see you?

* This event is inclusive of parent-figures, including fathers, big sisters, Girl Scout troop leaders, aunts, etc.

What’s been your most challenging tween/teen issue so far?