What parents and teens should know... The 10 Myths of Teen Dating by Daniel Anderson and Jacquelyn Anderson (Blog Tour Review)

The 10 Myths of Teen Dating: Truths Your Daughter Needs to Know to Date Smart, Avoid Disaster, and Protect Her FutureThe 10 Myths of Teen Dating: 
Truths Your Daughter Needs to Know to Date Smart, Avoid Disaster, and Protect Her Future
by Daniel Anderson and Jacquelyn Anderson
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
September 1st 2016 by David C. Cook


There's no greater moment of panic in a parent's life than when their daughter begins to date.

Due to their lack of knowledge about the world their teens face coupled with the scant dating information they received as teens, many parents feel ill-equipped to guide their daughters through the minefield that is teen dating.

And by the same token, teenage girls crave information about dating and relationships. And left to their own devices, many will develop their own assumptions about dating by talking to their friends or watching the latest TV shows and movies. But that will only lead them down a path toward heartbreak.

So how do you engage your daughter in discussions about dating, relationships, and her future happiness? Expert educator Daniel Anderson and his twenty something daughter, Jacquelyn, help you navigate the biggest dating myths, including: the myth that a boyfriend will make your daughter happy, that she should trust her feelings, or that sex will enhance her relationship. Combining the latest scientific research with poignant personal stories, as well as proven truths and practical application, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating will equip you to teach your daughter how to date smart for today . . . and tomorrow.

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My Review

THE 10 MYTHS OF TEEN DATING is a thorough and resourceful guide for parents on opening up discussions on dating with teenage daughters. Full of statistics and actual experiences, it gives a solid base as to what teens believe and what they should know. If you're looking for something to help you as a parent broach this topic with your daughter, this is the perfect segue.

I found this book to be very informative, especially reading it is a mother. I also thought it was honest and straightforward. Dating in all it's various forms, challenges, and risks is thoroughly discussed. The difference between girls and boys, their emotions, and how they see intimacy is also discussed. This book does not shy away from consequences of moving forward too soon in relationships, which I think is something almost never talked about nor taught in schools or the media. It also didn't shy away from other hard topics, like rape and girls feeling used and abused.

I liked that the book also didn't come off as preachy or overly religious, which makes it useful for everyone regardless of religion. I also liked how each chapter focused on a myth and had both a view from the father and from his daughter (co-authors for this book) and usually some experiences from others. Each chapter ended with "Questions for Reflection" and "Questions for You and Your Daughter to Discuss," which I also found helpful in actually opening a discussion. I do wish there would have been a summary of each chapter as well, but otherwise, the information was organized well.

The author sums up the purpose of the book quite well in the introduction:
So, I wrote this book for you, the parent, so that you might engage your daughter in discussions around dating and her future happiness.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I found this to be extremely helpful and a book that will be kept on our shelves and used in the coming years with my daughters.

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

Daniel Anderson is a former college All-American basketball player, an expert educator, and a father of two grown daughters and a son. As a veteran high school teacher in the public school system, Daniel was troubled by how his students approached dating and relationships. He and his daughter, Jacquelyn Anderson---a twenty something and also a high school teacher---decided to address this need by equipping parents with The 10 Myths of Teen Dating, their first book together. Daniel and Jacquelyn both make their home in Portland, Oregon.

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