Talking To My Daughter About Marriage & Sex

Earlier today, I saw a Jimmy Kimmel clip where they went to the streets to ask kids about gay marriage. A few of the kids clearly had no clue about traditional marriage, let alone gay marriage. Others obviously had been exposed to the concept before. It made me wonder how my daughter (age 8) would respond to similar questions. We really have not officially talked about what it means to be married, sex, homosexuality, etc. so I did not think that she would be able to answer the questions. Still, I was curious enough to find out.

First, I want to explain my background so that you understand my mindset as I went into the conversation…

I used to work as a nurse and for year I worked at an OBGYN office. I have never had a problem with using proper terminology when it comes to private body parts (and I will use proper terminology here in this post). During my time at the OBGYN office, I worked with teenagers who were sexually active and some who were pregnant. The youngest pregnant girl I saw during my time there was 12 years old.

My mom started talking to me about sex when I was 10 years old. My first exposure to public school sex education was 6th grade. I started my cycle at age 14 but most of my friends started between ages 11-13. I also understand that girls are going into puberty at younger ages these days.

I have already talked to both of my girls (now 8 & 6) about inappropriate touching since they were about 3 years old. I have already explained to them how a baby is born (without explaining sex) either through the vagina or by cutting the abdomen (cesarean section) in response to my sister having a baby last year.

I am a Christian and I believe the Biblical teachings about marriage and homosexuality. For a detailed description of my political and religious beliefs, please read my response to the SCOTUS ruling:

A Conservative Perspective

I started asking her basic questions like “What is marriage?” and “Why do we get married?” I was actually surprised at how little she could answer about traditional marriage in general. I wrongly assumed that she would at least have a basic understanding of it. So, I had to do some explaining. When I asked her, “Who made marriage?” she said, “God.” I explained that God intended marriage to be a picture of Jesus and the church. That it represents how Jesus loves us. We then talked about Genesis and how God created Adam and Eve so that they could make a family.


After we talked about traditional marriage, I asked her if she thought two men or two women could get married. She said, “No.” I asked her why and she said, “Well, they couldn’t have any babies. They would have to adopt a baby.” I told her that was true. I also told her that our country has made it legal (and   explained what legal means in a way she could understand) for two men or two women to get married. I explained that it was called “gay marriage” and explained that gay is the term used for two men and lesbian is the term used for two women. I also told her that it is both gay and lesbians are called homosexuals. She was stuck on the whole baby thing… I asked her if she knew how a baby was made (Here we go! Whether I like it or not she is growing up!)

So, without going into too much detail (I assume if you are reading this you already know how this works), I did a quick sex talk. We talked about how boys and girls are different (she already knew this but I wanted to start with that basic knowledge). I explained how God made a man and woman to fit together and how that leads to making a baby. I explained why 2 men or 2 women cannot fit together for that purpose.

I also reiterated the fact that it is not ok for other people to touch her in her private areas because they belong to us and should be saved for the man she marries someday. We talked about God’s plan is for a man and woman to only have sex after they get married. We talked about how it is a sin to have sex before marriage and that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin also.

Then, I asked her how we should treat people who think differently than we do or who live a lifestyle such as homosexuality. She was quiet so I asked her how Jesus would treat them. I could tell that she was thinking but she did not want to say the wrong answer so she stayed quiet. So I told her that Jesus would love them just like He loves us when we sin. We talked about some of the sins that her and I struggle with and reminded her that Jesus loves us and forgives us when we sin so we should do the same for others.

To finish the conversation, I told her that she should not talk about our conversation with her sister (because she is too young) or other kids (because it is their parent’s responsibility) but that she can come to me any time she wants to talk about anything related to our conversation. She asked if she could talk to daddy too. Laughing, I said, “Yes! But he will probably just tell you to come talk to me!”


In conclusion, I think that the conversation went well. I think that she was old enough to handle the basic conversation. We have not even started talking about puberty, menstruation, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. so there are many more conversations to be had in the future. I feel that it is important for me to have these talks with her (and in the future my other daughter) before they are necessary. By the time they are necessary, she will know that she can feel comfortable talking to me about these things when questions arise.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

What ages do you start talking to your kids about sex?

Feel free to voice your opinions and engage in respectful debate in the comments. However, any comments that are disrespectful, use inappropriate language, etc. will be deleted.


A Conservative Perspective…

Besides a few comments and minor debates on the recent SCOTUS decision; I have been pretty quiet so far. This is not because I do not have anything to say or because I am silently waving a white flag of surrender to the issue. It is because I wanted to wait for some of the immediate backlash and celebration to calm down a bit and also to prayerfully consider what I want to say before I put it out for the public to see.

It is no secret that I am conservative when it comes to religion and politics. So in this post, I want to share my thoughts from both my religious and political perspective. I feel that they go hand in hand but I know that there are some who are conservative politically but are not religious and who are religious but are not conservative politically.

I also am aware that there are extremists on both sides of the issue. The media is quick to paint the picture that all Christians are like the extremists. There are people who claim to be Christians who are hateful (bully, shame, kill) towards homosexuals, different races, people who perform and have abortions, etc. Extremists are the minority and do not reflect how most Christians behave and/or believe.

I have Christian friends and family on both sides of the issue. I have friends and family who live the homosexual lifestyle. I love them all whether we agree or disagree on this issue or others.


Here are my thoughts from a political perspective…


  • This ruling is more about government control than marriage equality. The constitution was written to limit government control of the people. Through this ruling, the federal government has gained more control.
    • The four dissenting judges were trying to prevent government control and protect religious freedom. Top 10 Quotes from Dissenting Judges…
    • By making this a federal issue, the state’s power was undermined. This could have big consequences on many issues.
  • People consistently call for separation of church and state and the 1st Amendment as an argument for why government should pass equal rights to marriage. However, this is not an accurate portrayal of the 1st amendment and the concept of separation of church and state. 
    • The first amendment does not say anything about separation of church and state (nor does any other part of the Constitution). It is about freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to peaceably assemble.
    • Separation of church and state comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson which underscored the 1st amendment as condemning the government interfering with people’s religious practices. This ruling has the potential to undermine religious freedom.
    • People keep shouting “separation of church and state” (out of context) but it seems to only be one-sided. The government should uphold the 1st amendment as it was intended to be upheld.
  • Thomas Jefferson said “The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
    • The first amendment has nothing to do with marriage. However, if someone has beliefs that are based in religion (such as that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman—which is believed by at least 3 major religions practiced in the USA: Christianity, Islam, & Judaism) the government cannot force them to violate their beliefs.
    • Yet, businesses have already been forced to provide services for ceremonies that they are religiously opposed to (or pay the consequences of losing their businesses). This could also lead to pastors/churches to perform ceremonies that they are religiously opposed to.
    • The same people who call for tolerance for their lifestyle, often do not extend the same tolerance of people who disagree.
  • As an American, no matter what side of the issue someone is on, no one has the right to desecrate the American flag in order to advance their agenda.
    • This is not ok at all… 10952936_10204440554041403_7788178039280691965_n
    • Flag Code 176. Respect for flag (g) states: “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.” US Flag Code
  • The media is biased. I believe that the media has a huge part in the division of our country. Not only with this issue but many others. 
    • Unfortunately, people take media as fact and do not research for themselves the agendas behind the media reports.
    • They try to erase history to advance agenda, they condemn one group of people while other groups of similar thought & actions go free, they push stories of extremists and paint them as the normal, they try to pass opinion as fact, and the list goes on and on and on.
  • As Americans, we have the right to vote people into office to represent what we believe politically. It does not matter which party we are a part of. We have the responsibility to make our voices heard through the election process. 
    • We should be celebrating that people have the freedom to voice their opinions. There are many countries who do not have this freedom.
    • We should voice our opinions through respectful conversation. We should not be encouraging or acting out hatred (bullying, shaming, and killing) to get our point across.


Here are some of my thoughts on the issue from a religious perspective…

(based on believing my Bible is the Word of God and is the Holy Scripture that guides my Christian beliefs)…


  • I believe that marriage was designed by God to be the union of one man and one woman as a reflection of the relationship of Christ and His bride, the church.
    • 100% of the verses referring to God’s ideal for marriage involve one man and one woman.
    • “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
    • “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:21-33
    • “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:7-8
    • I do not feel that my marriage is worthless or invalidated because same-sex “marriages” are legal.
  • I believe that the homosexual lifestyle is a sin in God’s eyes.
    • 100% of the verses addressing homosexual behavior describe it as sin in the clearest and strongest possible terms.
    • 0% of 31,173 Bible verses refer to homosexual behavior in a positive or even benign way or even hint at the acceptability of homosexual unions of any kind. There are no exceptions for “committed” relationships.
    • “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” Romans 1:26-27
    • “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men” 1 Corinthians 6:9
  • I believe that homosexuality is no greater than any other sin. Sin is sin. Sexual sins are consistently listed with other types of sin (sins of thoughts, emotions, and actions). Including the sin that I struggle with on a regular basis (acting out in anger). 
    • “They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:29-32
    • “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
    • If people were trying to make adultery, polygamy, and other forms of sexual sin legal there would be just as much of an opposition from conservatives.
    • Christians who do not show love toward those they disagree with are also sinning.
  • The Gay-Pride rainbow flag is a mockery of God.
    • God passed judgement, through a worldwide flood, on the people of the world for their sin (homosexuality among others). The rainbow is a covenant from God to mankind. He gives mankind his Word that he will never again flood the entire earth.

      “Therefore when we see thousands of homosexuals marching in the streets with the Rainbow as their flag — they are essentially implying that they are proud of their sexual immorality whether God likes it or not — while simultaneously reminding God of the contract that he made with humanity never to flood the earth again.” (see here for more detailed opinion on this topic)

    • I am sure that there are many people who support the Gay-Pride flag, who do not know the correlation to the God of the Bible (or do not care). That does not make it any less true.
    • I still love rainbows… just for different reasons!
  • As a Christian, I believe that I am called to love my neighbors even when we disagree. I believe that Jesus loves me and forgives me even though I sin. I believe that Jesus loves people who live the homosexual lifestyle and forgives people who turn away from the lifestyle. Jesus is a friend of sinners. He ate with them, He talked with them, He showed them the truth, and He died for them.  
    • I have no problem with eating with, talking with, and inviting a homosexual into my home or church.
    • I recently had (in my opinion) an awesome conversation with a family member who lives the homosexual lifestyle. We talked about all sorts of topics as we caught up on each other’s lives after not seeing each other for many years. She is still my family. I still love her. I am pretty sure she feels the same about me.
  • Christians (or anyone) do not have to agree with a lifestyle or other opinions in order to respect and love a person. In the same way, homosexuals (or anyone) do not have to agree with how I live my life in order to respect and love me. It goes both ways with many different issues in life.


  • I do not expect everyone to agree with me or my religion. I do not force anyone to agree with me or my religion. While I hope that people around the world will come to know Jesus as their Savior, I know that many people will not. I am responsible for sharing the gospel with people. I am not responsible for whether or not they accept it as truth.
  • Christianity is not the only religion that believes that homosexuality is immoral. Judaism and Islamic religions (and possibly others) also believe this.


Here is another related post I wrote a few years ago:

About Boycotting…


America is made up of diverse people, cultures, religions, beliefs, etc. We do not agree on everything but we can still show respect for those who are different from us. We do not have the same religions but we can still love each other as people. We are not better than each other. This is part of what makes America great!

Feel free to voice your opinions and engage in respectful debate in the comments. However, any comments that are disrespectful, use inappropriate language, etc. will be deleted.

Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book

This book is inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with pictures by Omar Aranda. It is based off of The Princess Parables series of books that feature five sister princesses Grace, Charity, Joy, Faith, & Hope. It is geared toward kids ages 4-8. The activities in this book include: crossword puzzles, coloring, dot to dot, hidden pictures, secret codes, etc. There are two pages of stickers. A few of the stickers are made to go in specific places in the book but most of them can go anywhere.

My girls are familiar with The Princess Parables and have all five of the I Can Read (Level 1) stories in the series. This activity book will be a cute addition to the story line. The illustrations are colorful and energetic. The activities are simplistic enough for the age range but will still provide fun. This would be a good book for a quiet afternoon or a car trip!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that ZonderKidsprovided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.



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Princess Grace, Sticker Activity Book
By Young Johnson / Zondervan

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Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten
By Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson / Zondervan





Princess Grace and Poppy
By Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson / ZonderKidz





Video Of Woman Giving Her Opinion Of McKinney Chaos

The woman in the video below is on point. The whole situation would not have happened if the kids respected authority from the beginning. I am not at all condoning what the officer did to that girl (I saw a different article saying that he resigned). But there was A LOT more going on than what was being shown in that 7 minute viral video and that it seems that it did not even cover the initial reasons that cops had to show up in the first place. Right from the beginning it was recipe for disaster. A situation that never should have escalated to the point that it did.

In the videos that I have seen, it appears that it was the black kids who are arguing, talking back, and being aggressive. It does not appear that the white kids are doing those things (not saying they didn’t though). The situation probably did not start out as a race issue, but if the majority of arguing and aggressive teens are of a particular race then of course the accusations become that it was a race issue. The cop could have been more gentle with that girl but several of the neighborhood residents (black and white) (who actually live there and witnessed the events) say that the cop presence was definitely warranted and needed to control an out of control situation that the teens/party started.

On a personal note, this is why we will have strict rules for our kids when they are older so that hopefully they will never be in a situation that gets out of control like this. We do have a taste of experiencing teenager rule breaking so it isn’t like I am just wishfully planning… The past 2 years we had 2 exchange students who lived in our home for 10 months each. We had strict rules with them as well but we had some major rule breaking & lying issues with one of them and we had to confront and correct her.

We will also teach (and have been teaching) our girls respect for authority. Even when we sometimes disagree, there are proper ways of dealing with disagreements. [For example, if you feel a parking, speeding, accident, etc. ticket is unwarranted, you can go to court and dispute it]. It is the parent’s responsibility to teach children to respect authority and teach them that their actions have consequences. I hope that when my girls are that age they will have the sense to know to respect cops instead of arguing with them AND maybe have the wisdom to stay away from situations that lead to cops being called in the first place.



To The Sea- Free Book Giveaway!




This book by: Callie Grant and Illustrated by: Jeremy Tugeau is a board book geared toward ages 0-5 years. It is a part of Graham Blanchard’s Learn Absorb & Praise Collection; this book is and Praise book. It is about a boy who visits the beach and explores the sand and sea. The phrases are thoughtful and rhyming. The illustrations have soft and soothing colors. There is an underlying theme of building on the rock and not on the sand. The last page quotes the verse: Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (ESV). I would recommend this book to young children who love the beach!

I had never heard of Graham Blanchard. I looked up the website: and discovered that there are parent and teacher resources to help inspire young children to praise and have a relationship with God. There are also several other books available and a mom blog. 

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1. Entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday, June 13, 2015. One (1) winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted.

2. On Sunday, June 14, 2015 the top of this post will be updated with the announcement of the winner and I will attempt to contact the winner by the email they provide.

3. Winner must e-mail me with name (first & last) and mailing address within 5 days of announcement otherwise the book will be sent to a new winner.

Disclaimer: Remember this is a free giveaway at my expense, therefore, Heart Treasures Blog is not responsible for loss or damage of the giveaway item(s). Giveaway open only to residents of the United States (unless you have a US Military address such as APO, FPO, etc. -OR- I know you personally.)

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This book by: Dee Henderson is another one of her Romantic Suspense novels. Shannon Bliss escapes the crime family who abducted her 11 years ago. She tracks down Matthew Dane, a former cop who experienced the roller coaster of his daughter being abducted and found. Matthew makes contact with a circle of safe people who can help Shannon reintegrate into a normal life and who can help bring the crime family to justice. Shannon’s buried memories are brought to the surface as Matthew reads her diaries from the past 11 years. Secrets are brought to light and danger is around the corner. Matthew and Shannon grow to be close friends in a short amount of time. Shannon is a strong capable woman who wants to build a photography career and get married in the future. Matthew starts to open his heart to the captivating woman who needs his support and encouragement.

Dee Henderson is one of my favorite authors! In this book, there are familiar characters who have appeared in previous books: Ann & Paul from Full Disclosure and Charlotte & Bryce from Unspoken. All three of these books are stand alone and can be read as such, but it is nice to see familiar characters and already know their some of their backgrounds. The suspense of this book comes from not knowing Shannon’s full story until she reveals information or until Matthew discovers the pieces to the puzzle. While the story time line is over a short amount of time, this book is not as fast paced as some of the author’s other books. The hint romance comes from the growing friendship and deep conversations between Matthew and Shannon. The author does a wonderful job of incorporating the character’s faith in God. The conversations about God or religion in general is thought-provoking and realistic. I would recommend this book (and any of Dee Henderson’s books) to anyone who loves suspense and romance combined into a thrilling story.

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By Dee Henderson / Bethany House


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By Dee Henderson / Baker Books
Top FBI cop Paul Falcon knows Ann Silver is one of the most respected homicide investigators in the Midwest. So when a supsicious death causes their worlds to collide, he hopes she’ll be a useful colleague. He never expects to be smitten! Still, he wonders . . . Why does everybody trust her? What secrets is she keeping?

By Dee Henderson / Bethany House
Once the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history, Charlotte Graham changed her identity and moved away—taking a dark secret with her. Now a family issue has brought her back to the Windy City, where she meets coin dealer Bryce Bishop. Will a crime the police thought was solved become an open case again? 400 pages, softcover from Bethany.





Frozen Birthday Party-Part 2: Decorating

Finally, here is Part 2 discussion & photos of our Frozen themed birthday party from back in January! This post will focus on decorating! Thank you to my friend Erin who took the photos for me!

If you missed Part 1 click here:

Frozen Birthday Party-Part 1: Food

Thanks to Pinterest, there are a ton of great ideas for a Frozen themed party! Many of my ideas came from Pinterest and other ideas are my own! Frozen allows for many great possibilities but way too many for one party on a limited budget.

IMG_2602To recap about the food table, I started out with a purple plastic tablecloth. I stretched out blue and purple tulle over the length of the table as runners. We used paper plates (with purple & blue flowers), plastic forks, and purple & blue napkins, blue basket. The party favors included, Frozen notebooks & pencils,  and Frozen tattoos. I also used blank food tags & water bottle labels to label everything! See where I found everything  in my Part 1 post.IMG_2606

I bought helium filled balloons from our local grocery store to scatter above the food table. During Christmas season, Hobby Lobby has many items that can be used for a Frozen theme. I bought fake snow,  purple  &  teal glitter snowflake ornaments, purple & teal snowflake garland strands, and clear icicle garland strands all from Hobby Lobby. If you are on Hobby Lobby’s mailing list, you get weekly 40% off coupons and if you watch their sales you can find whole sections of the store already discounted.

IMG_2604I bought these lovely Frozen themed decorations from Oriental Trading Company. I hung the banner above the window in the dining room. I hung the swirl decorations around the dining room above the table and in the living room above all the doorways. They just added the needed touch to complete the actual Frozen theme. IMG_2603



IMG_2655We already had these Frozen pillows that the girls received for Christmas! Olaf of course was the favorite among the guests! Olaf was purchased at Target and the throw pillows were purchased at Walmart.







IMG_2629Now comes the kitchen bar decor. I topped it with fake snow, hung the snowflake & icicle garland, and the snowflake ornaments. I put the cake & dessert plates on the bar until it was time to serve. The glass candy jars are filled with decorative candy from Hobby Lobby. A friend uses these for baby shower decorations and she allowed me to borrow them. She tied ribbon on them to match my color theme. Of course, a Frozen themed party is incomplete without Elsa & Anna! These dolls were given to the girls two Christmases ago and were the perfect addition to the bar. IMG_2624Under the bar, I used Frozen bags that we found at Target (in the dollar section!) and stuffed them with tissue paper. You can also see a single snowball! We have a set of indoor snowballs that I scattered all over the living room floor. These were the highlight of the party because the kids had an indoor snowball fight!

IMG_2642IMG_2635 And last but not least: the gift table! I covered the coffee table with the same purple table cloth that is on the food table and topped it with the Frozen mylar balloons found at the local grocery store. Gifts for the girls were placed on and around the table. I tried to specify one side for each girl but that did not work out so well (and it really did not matter).



Here are some free party tips!

Party Keepsakes!

  • Buy a Mylar Balloon that matches the theme of your party. When it looses most of its air (or when you are tired of looking at it), cut a small hole at the base of the balloon to let out the remaining air. Fold the balloon and place it wherever you keep your child’s keepsakes.
  • Save one filled out invitation to put with your child’s keepsakes.

Save Gift Wrap!

  • Gift bags are getting to be expensive! Fold and save all gift bags for future use then you have a stack on hand to choose from without having to run to the store last minute.
  • Tissue paper can be smoothed out and folded neatly for future use. Since tissue paper is usually scrunched into bags, most people will not notice that it has been reused.
  • Wrapping paper can also be smoothed out and folded for future use. Unfortunately, my kids tear into wrapping paper and most of the time it is not salvageable.

Stay Tuned for Frozen Birthday Party-Part 3: Birthday Girls!

Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most (un)Popular Girl in Middle School

This book by: Angie Spady and illustrated by: Channing Everidge is the second in The (Desperate) Diva Diaries which is a Christian alternative to the Dork Diaries. It portrays a Christian girl in public middle school (6th grade) who has to deal with the ups and downs of being a tween. Catie Conrad writes in her diary about all of the drama in her life. In this book, Catie’s family’s mission in this book is to adopt a child through Compassion International. They decide as a family which child they will support as a family. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Catie is constantly nervous around the boy she has a crush on. She is still struggling with her feelings and actions towards her brother, Jeremy. But when “the Germ” breaks his leg, Catie learns how to serve him with compassion. She gives him advice on how to deal with the boys at school who tease him. She sees the value in her own advice when she has to deal with the school bully, Miranda Maroni, who does everything she can to rile up Catie. Thank God for BFF, Sophie, and the rest of her friends who stand up for her!

After reviewing the first book in this series, Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship, and Fashion Disasters! I was excited when asked to read and review book 2! I like how real the storyline is. I feel like I am back in the ups and downs of Middle School. Catie shares her true feelings even if they are not always the best but then shares how she decides to do the right thing by recalling scripture, sermons, or parental & friend advice. While the Christian perspective is scattered throughout the book, the salvation message was not as strong as the first book. Still the message of showing compassion and love towards enemies and those who we dislike is definitely woven throughout the book. I really like these books and know that my daughters will like them as well. I have caught my 8 year old reading portions of it along side of me while I was reading. I still feel like my 8 year old is a little young for some of the content (the crush on boys and popular girl trying to get boys to notice her) but she is able to read the book well from a reading level perspective. She loves the drawings throughout the book (see photos in my review for book 1) which actually goes right along with her personality since she always carries around a notebook for writing and drawing. I think that this book is an easy read and would appeal to tween girls. Parents will love the wholesome storyline and that Catie works through her drama from a Christian perspective.

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Catie Conrad: How to Become the Most (un)Popular Girl in Middle School By Angie Spady & Channing Everidge / B&H Kids

And don’t forget book 1 in the series!!!

Catie Conrad: Faith, Friendship and Fashion Disasters By Angie Spady / B&H Kids