I wrote the very first part of this post quite some time ago here. Back then, I had a small idea about topics where I thought I might like to speak into our daughter’s life over time, just layering in things here and there. When I wrote that post, our oldest daughter was ten and a half. Now she is turning thirteen in a few weeks, and I can see she is really within that wonderful beginning of the realm of thinking; a time of the beginnings of cause and effect in a thoughtful, mindful way; a time of moving from feelings into “what-choices-do-I-make-off-of-these-feelings”; a time of snippets of moving from love into duty, with glimpses of ideals and values that I suspect will blossom so much more in the later teenaged years.
When my daughter was younger, it was all about modeling, and also the doing work of the household and garden. Now that she is older, it is still about all of those things, but we can start to have some thoughtful discussions and reading. This was the little list I started out with in that old post, and I wanted to share with you all some of the resources I have found to address these topics. (Some of these are Christian, because I am Christian, but many of them are also easily adaptable to many belief systems). Continue reading