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Right now I have three tweens and one preschooler. It is so easy to bond and play with my little preschooler-man. Do a puzzle, build with LEGOS, read a picture book while he snuggles on my lap, push him on the swing, and a million other ways to stay close and keep building our relationship.
With my tweens, it takes more work to keep the relationship growing. And I think we need to stay close now more than ever, because they’re going through stuff like puberty and … middle school … and both those things combined are enough to do anybody in. A lot of my tweens’ hobbies are introverted things like reading and drawing peacefully by themselves. We do have some favorite things to do together: board games, Nintendo tournaments, walks, and I paint regularly with them.
But I’m always searching for new ways to spend time with my tweens. Since reading is the #1 favorite thing of my 12-year-old twins, and the #2 favorite thing of my 10-year-old (her first love is cartwheels), I thought: a Tween & Mom book group. Of course, I don’t want to discourage dad’s from joining in, so we’re officially starting the 2018 Tween & Parent Book Club.
FAQs About Our Tween & Parent Book Club
How it will work: About once each month, I’ll post a new book idea WITH activity ideas to do together.
Ages of my kids: I have four kids and 3 of them are tween girls right now (12, 12, and 10).
Will the book picks be just for girls, since all of your tweens are girls?: Absolutely not! When my girls were a little younger and I was expecting my 4th baby (who just turned 5), I came home from a baby shower with a Dinosaur baby book. My girls looked at the book with confused expressions, then one piped up “Your friend doesn’t know that only girls like dinosaurs?!” They’ve always liked what they liked. They read quickly through all the Babysitter Club books, but their favorite book series are Michael Vey and Percy Jackson! I think there will be books for all the tweens.
Book #1: Wonder
Wonder is a very popular book right now, and for good reason. It is amazing!! This book has been one of my daughters’ favorites for a few years now. I recommend every tween (and even teen) read this book.
If you’ve already read the main book, Wonder, you could try reading one of the add-on books like Auggie & Me.
We gave this picture book, We’re All Wonders, to my son for his birthday last week too. Even little ones can learn so much from this inspiring story.
Activity Ideas for Wonder
Bake & Deliver Cookies
The theme of Wonder is to Choose Kindness and the book really shows us how to consider lots of perspectives. We may not know everyone’s personal experiences and the private battles they’re facing, so we should just choose kindness.
Our favorite way to show kindness is to make and deliver cookies. It can brighten a friend or neighbor’s day. Bake the cookies and talk about who you’ll deliver them to while you bake. Will it be a neighbor? A friend going through a tough time?
Thursday I shared the Snickerdoodle recipe we used for our deliveries, because Snickerdoodles are the best cookie ever.
Make it a Night Together: Watch the Movie
The DVD is finally up on Amazon! My girls have been asking me every few days since mid-December – “Is the DVD out yet?”
Create a special night together with popcorn and blanket! The movie being released now is why I actually chose this book first. We saw it in the theatre and are dying to see it again. It was soooo good.
Bubbles of Goodness
I hope you’ll join me and my kids on our new Book Club Adventure. Making memories with our kids is one of the most important things we do with our time.
Someone asked me a parenting question once about how to raise good kids in such a crazy and tumultuous world. I’m still learning and not the ultimate-expert, but my belief is that if you expose your child to A LOT OF GOODNESS, good music, good literature, good culture, good values, then the bad things don’t have much room left to creep in. We can’t raise our kids in bubbles, but we can surround them with a bubble of goodness that they carry with them wherever they go.
Please tell me if you’re joining in. I want to hear all about it!
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