Helpful Books For Tween Girls and Mothers | The Care & Keeping Of Us With American Girl

Just the other day, my third-grader came home asking to talk about something privately.  It was the first lock-down drill of the school-year, and I quickly prepared myself (as well as a concerned mother possibly can) to be completely present in whatever my daughter needed to discuss behind her closed door.  The topic was much lighter than expected, but in that moment I was well aware of the fact that the ways in which I listen and respond to my children now, matter so very much. I always want my kids to be able to come to me.

I’ve been quickly trying to prepare myself with tools and tips to talk to my children about topics and life lessons that are on the horizon.  As helpful things come my way, I’m beginning to share them here  – but I’m well aware that I have so much more to prepare.

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That’s why I’m grateful to have been invited to an intimate brunch with Momtrends, at the American Girl store to chat with pediatrician and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Cara Natterson about her new three-book set, The Care & Keeping of Us: A Sharing Collection for Girls and Their Moms.

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I’ve since had time to look through the collection (one book for moms, and one for tweens) which provides helpful tools to talk collectively about pressing topics for growing girls.  The book-set covers everything from puberty, body basics, social media, friendship, age-appropriate hygiene and so much more.  Solid tips and conversation starters are included, and even scripts for moms (thank you!) on how to talk to adolescent and tween girls about navigating various issues while growing up.  I love how the books emphasize closeness and trust while providing tools to communicate, including a sharing journal with prompts to keep the mother-daughter conversation open.

I’m so impressed with Dr. Natterson’s knowledge, down to earth nature, and new book collection.  We haven’t come across anything this helpful that covers such important topics for girls ages eight and up. I appreciate that the discussion will begin with the help of American Girl, a brand that my daughter and her friends know and trust.

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We recommend ordering the book set early to pull out when the time comes!

Special thanks to Momtrends and American Girl for having us. Product provided but opinions as always are my own.



  1. I so agree that we need to be open to our kids to listen to the little things and be prepared for the big ones. The book my Dr. Natterson look interesting. I’ll have to check it out on Amazon. The photography on your site is absolutely beautiful. I had to mention it because its really great and stands out.

  2. natasha lamoreux says

    Wow that looks like a great book. I didnt have anything like that with my 1st girl but i definately will look into getting it for my second. Thanks for the info.

  3. I can use all the help I can get! After 18 years of raising a boy, our sweet girl popped up and she is the light of our life. Trying so hard to do things right in a difficult world!

  4. we have a bunch of the AG girl books especially the self care ones and we love them. we dont have this one though we will have to check it out

  5. Shantel Young says

    It shouldn’t be hard to talk to our girls. I am glad there are books like this that help women begin a conversation. I just hope it continues and leads to many continuing conversations!

  6. Holly Benjamin says

    I have a daughter and know that this book will be handy. As she is approaching the teen years I can see there will be a need for her to feel comfortable talking to me about sensitive topics. I do want her to feel comfortable and I think this comes with having positive, healthy conversations with your child. This book set sounds like a great resource for Moms/Dads.

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