Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hot Buttons - Book Review & Gift Card Giveaway!
I have a teen, I've been a teen.  But having one is very different from being one!  I am now the one responsible for teaching him right from wrong, for teaching him to make healthy and appropriate choices.  I can't do it for him, although I do try to no avail.  I also don't have all the answers and he knows that.  Thankfully I do have a son who isn't afraid to ask his parents anything.  However...the 18 month old, I foresee as being a bit more troublesome ;-)  So...these books arrived at a perfect time for me!

The Hot Buttons books by Nicole O'Dell are very parent-friendly.  By this I mean...not very time consuming to read giving you more time to put her advice into practice, which is what you want to do as soon as you begin each book!  I know what's out there, tempting all of us, especially kids, but even I have been eerily surprised by how young children are now exposed to so many dangerous things in our world.  The internet has opened up our world, but it has also opened up an easier path for evil.  A path we have to teach our children to avoid.  

My favorite thing about Nicole's books and her writing is that she doesn't say "keep you children hidden from the world" or "if you don't tell them about the dangers, they will avoid them."  My husband and I have never believed that.  Yes, we believe that you need to keep some things from them until they are old enough to understand, but that's younger these days then many realize.  As they grow, they need to be aware of the dangers out there and they need to be aware of your beliefs on issues such as drugs, dating, homosexuality, pornography, social media, etc....  They need to be equipped to handle them, to be confident in themselves and their own beliefs and have the courage to say NO!  With a reason...not just because they were told it was wrong.

Nicole gives you scenarios to walk through with your kids, very practical scenarios that could happen to your child whether they are public, private or homeschooled.  Even if you think they are safe going to church events most of the time, think twice and read these books!.  Prepare yourself and teach your chidlren.  Don't just tell them to avoid things, they need to know why and how.  Don't just scare them, they need the truth so they will truly WANT to avoid the temptations out there.  

I definitely encourage you parents and even grandparents, aunts and uncles out there to read through these short books, you will not be disappointed.

About the Book:
Nicole O'Dell helps address the Hot Buttons in teens' lives before the issues become problems 
From dating to drugs, modesty to purity, morals to popularity, teens face all sorts of tough issues. How teens respond to these hot-button issues can have lasting effects on who they want to be and who they actually become. What if parents can help their teens prepare for these hot buttons-before the issues become a problem?
The uniquely packaged Hot Buttons Series is an accessible, quick-reference resource that parents can use to equip their children to make the right decisions, even in the face of peer pressure and outside influences. More than just another how-to manual, Hot Button Dating Edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.
Author, mom, and broadcaster, Nicole O'Dell provides short scenarios followed by three or four responses that a teen might choose in that particular situation. Parents are then encouraged to help their children explore the issue, ask questions, and discuss the options, so when a similar situation comes up in real life, the teens are already prepared to respond.

Hot Buttons Dating Edition offers practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.
Hot Buttons Internet Edition helps parents prepare their teens for online challenges they may face. Topics discussed include: internet activity, file sharing, social networking, and internet predators.
Hot Buttons Drug Edition braves the scary world of substance abuse, equipping parents with facts, warning signs, and real-world scenarios on: alcohol; Marijuana and other drugs; inhalants; and prescription drugs.
Hot Buttons Sexuality Edition offers the facts about teen sexuality, backed by statistics; specifics for how to talk frankly about sex with your kids, discussion about the growth of homosexuality and bisexuality among teens; and compassionate advice for guiding your teen to reclaim purity.
Meet Nicole:
Youth-culture expert, Nicole O'Dell is the host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk and the founder of Choose NOW Ministries, dedicated to guiding teens through tough issues and helping parents encourage good decisions.
On air, O'Dell covers peer pressure, dating, purity, drugs, alcohol, modesty, popularity, and anything else that comes up along the way. Nicole writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents about how to prepare for life's tough choices.

As an author, O'Dell writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her popular YA fiction includes the Diamond Estate Series and the Scenarios for Girls interactive books that feature alternate endings, allowing young girls to decide the outcome for the main character. Her nonfiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column.
While her YA resources encourage and equip teens, Nicole also works to bridge the communication gap between teens and their parents. The Hot Buttons series helps parents discuss tough issues with their tweens and teens before the issues pop up in real life. Watch for future Hot Buttons books on subjects like bullying, image, prejudice, friendships, politics, and more.
O'Dell, resides in Paxton, IL, with her husband and six children-the youngest of whom are toddler triplets.
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