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Book Review: The Care and Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer

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On the recommendation of a friend, I checked out from the library The Care and Keeping of You from the American Girl Doll Library. I have never seen my 10-year-old read more from a book, ever!

The book is written for girls 8-12 years old. It has chapters on how to take care of your body, your mind, your friends, your hair, your skin, and even getting your period.

My daughter takes it to her room and pours over every word. The other night, as I was sitting at the computer, she approached me and informed me that she was going to need a training bra! She’s only 10 with no signs of ‘maturing,’ if you know what I mean.

Then she told me, as if she memorized it from the book, “The training part is to train ME to get used to the bra, I don’t have to need it yet, to start training.”

I realized which other points she’s learned and thought were important when I found her notes.

  • Rinse hair in warm water
  • Eat three healthy meals per day
  • Get knots out of hair with a comb
  • Brush morning and night. Floss each day
  • Wash face each day with warm wash cloth
  • Do not pick or pop pimples
  • Put on waterproof sunscreen each day
  • Wash underarms in shower
  • 20 minutes of exercise 3 times per week
  • Think before you do or say
  • So, there you have it. The things that are important to a 10-year-old in her own words! This is a great book, and me telling her those things all along have not made an impact on her behavior the way this book has!

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