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Life is tough these days. It seems that each generation has more to face, more to overcome. Author, Nicole O’Dell has written a series of books called Hot Buttons. They are designed to help your kids- tweens & teens- fight difficult issues before they become a problem in their lives.
From dating to drugs, modesty to purity, morals to popularity, teens face all sorts of tough issues. How they 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 Hot Buttons Series is a quick-reference resource that parents can use to equip their kids to make the right decisions, even in the face of peer pressure and outside influences. More than just another how-to manual, these books offer practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens.
The author 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. There are four different books available: Dating, Internet, Drugs, and Sexuality.
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.
These books are so impressive. My kids are still quite young, but my husband and I often discuss the importance of being open and honest about these issues from an early age. I often struggle with teaching about sensitive issues, so I know that these books will be so helpful to me as my children grow. I highly recommend these for anyone with kids in the pre-teen and teen years. They are very Christian focused, quoting verses from the Bible. I loved the way they promote discussion with your kids- this is so essential! I also loved the focus on forgiveness, because we all make mistakes.
About the Author:
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 more. 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. O’Dell, resides in Paxton, IL, with her husband and six children-the youngest of whom are toddler triplets. Find out more about Nicole at http://nicoleodell.com.
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Disclaimer: I received these books for free through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any other way.