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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Discovery Girls Contest


by Tracee Sioux

Discovery Girls is a magazine created for girls, by girls ages 8 and up. I reviewed a couple of issues with Ainsley, who is granted only 6, but precocious.

It's full of about fashion trends, beauty and style, crushes on boys, and teen movie stars. I don't know why I expected that girlhood today would be different than girlhood when I was growing up. I guess I thought there would be more evolution in girlness.

That said, I totally love it and can't stop reading. I am even taking the quizzes. I totally forgot how much fun magazine quizzes are.

All the talk about boys and crushes would seem premature and inappropriate, if Ainsley hadn't already informed me who she's crushing on (I'm so not telling) and if I didn't remember being completely and utterly in love with a boy myself at her age. I would be incensed about the focus on boys if she hadn't opened the magazine and said, Oh wow, Zac Efron is in this. I was comforted when the advice column told a girl that the 5th grade was way too young to have a boyfriend. Fwhew.

The articles about Frenimies and Mean Girls are particularly useful.

Discovery Girls also recently released a series of books which I thought were entertaining and gave relevant advice.

The Fab Girls Guide to Friendship Hardship seems like a gold mine for mothers - oh, right and daughters too. At the beginning of the book girls take a quiz about their friendships and see whether they rank as good or bad. If you're friends with Poisonous Patti, she's mean, untrustwrothy and may actually be trying to make you feel bad. . . Nope, it's not your imagination, this girl is not your friend -- she's a frenemy wearing your BFF necklace, girls are advised to find better friends.

The book lists 8 frenemy behaviors: The User, The Gossip, The Part-Time Bully, The Cling-On, The Snob, The Drama Queen, The Hidder, and The Backstabber. Ah, brings back memories - not the good kind. The book tells girls what they're getting out of being friends with her.

It doesn't stop there. It addresses what to do if the girl, herself, is the mean girl. Yeah, you!, it says.

The book defines what you should expect out of a true friend and outlines how you can be one. It gives great advice on how to find friends when you are in need of new ones.

The Fab Girls Guide to Sticky Situationsis both helpful and hilarious. The really funny part is that you'll relate to lots of these sticky situations.

What should you do if your friend's mom bursts into the room and starts screaming about her D - time to slip out of the room.

What should you do if you're at school and you get period on your pants? Make a temporary pad out of toilet paper or a sock, tie a sweater or jacket around your waste and see the school nurse. Don't worry, this has happened to every girl.

The sticky situations include relevant information about what to do if you're approached by online predators too.

Other books in the series are Fab Girls Guide to Getting Your Questions Answered and Fab Girls Guide to Getting Through Tough Times.

You can buy the whole set of Fab Girls books for $29.95 or separately for $9.95 at discoverygirls.com.

Or

You can win a set of the books right here by posting a comment. If you share a sticky situation you found yourself in, you will be entered to win. The winner will be the one who made me laugh hardest. I will post the results next Tuesday.


This contest is officially closed. For announcement of the winner please go to Discovery Girls Prize Goes To . . .

33 comments:

Char said...

We love these books and the magazine! Right now my daughter is in a sticky situation - being pulled between two friends - both of whom she likes.

Gayla McCord said...

I know this sounds really gross but everyone does it too -- I've taught my kids that if they are in public, their nose runs and they CAN'T find a tissue, they turn the front, bottom of their shirt up, inside out and wipe their nose.

It's better than the tracks down the sleeves :)

Tracee said...

Char, what do you tell her to do?

Tracee said...

Gayla,

That's not gross - that's just smart. But, it could be a little sticky. Ick! Discreetly!

Karen_thrifty said...

I hadn't heard of these books yet. My daughter isn't at that age yet . . . thank goodness! I'm dreading those pre-teen and teen years! I'm feeling old right now!

Kate said...

I am in a bit of a sticky situation right now. It's sticky because I can't stick. My son has hidden the packing tape and I can't find it to mail out the Christmas package to our relatives in Bulgaria.

So, really, help me out. If you were five years-old, where would you hide the packing tape?

Tracee said...

Laundry hamper or trash can? A secret stash or backpack?

Clifton Wade said...

I am always in a stick situation - between a rock and a hard place - great prize - thank you!

agordon10 said...

I'm caught between my kids and my career. My husband is a stay-at-home Dad and now my kids are bitter that I work.

Tracee said...

That's not funny. That's sad Agordon.

You should probably know though, that it seems children find a reason to be bitter at their mothers regardless.

I remember wishing my mother had a job so she'd have something besides me to focus on.

Tracee said...

I once walked into a classroom and my black bra was hanging on the blackboard. I was late, so I couldn't sneak back out and everyone had plenty of time to talk about me.

Aparently the day before it had fallen out of my backpack.

I ingored it. Said nothing. Did nothing. While very hot and red.

Eventually I'm going to stop being embarrassed about it.

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Tamara said...

I had to be in a play at school and wear a dress as a costume, the dress was quite "filmy" and allowed my underclothes to show through. Of course that was the day I wore my penguin patterned underwear.....after that point, I was known as "chilly willy" to all, in honor of the cartoon penguin of the same name.

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

What a great book!

My goddaughter once asked me in public a sex question (she was 12) and I almost died. Ugg Im so dreading having conversation like that with my son. I belive in pure honesty even if its ugly.. but I really hate it.

I blogged ya too:
http://contestaddict.blogspot.com

bearhugs said...

was singing along to a song while waiitng for someone in the car and had it turned up and was rockin out when a knock on the window and it was a friend and her family sayingf hi

Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to win 4 tickets to see a pre screening of the movie Enchanted and I have 5 grandchildren. Who do I pick?

vmkids said...

The sticky situation is making candy and having fingers covered with chocalte. The phone rings... lick fingers... wipe fingers... let phone ring! What a yummy thought.

lusciousnis said...

I had an experience like Tamara. When parachute pants came out, I got a red pair & thought I was the coolest! I strutted around school that day, and it wasn't until last period that someone pointed out to me my blue flowered panties showed right through! I never wore those pants again...

redron said...

I am in one when I play cards because everyone there talks about everyone else. And they want you to think that they are the innocent ones.

cdrury said...

not really liking someone you are forced to spend a lot ot time with but not wanting bad karma or to hurt anyone'afeelings!

AspergersKitty said...

I have lots of sticky situations. Like how to compliment one brother without implying he is better than his twin?

Kelly said...

Those books sound perfect for my pre-teen daughter!

KRAFTYK said...

my mom once had to cut my hair cus i had alot of gum stuck in it

clallen1971 said...

My daughter and I were in walmart christmas shopping and we had played with a little elmo toy that sings. As we were walking around I was singing "elmo's world da da da da elmo's world..." sort of loud and carefree thinking we were alone. A stocker person was on the other aisle the whole time. When I saw her my face got really red and we both just laughed at the silliness of it all.

AylorCD said...

A sticky situation is needing to be at an appointment in town(45 min) from the house with 3 kids and your 10 year old daughter barfs all over herself and the jeep. Of course it’s blazing Hot!!
Luckily I found a Goodwill store with a darling outfit and in no time flat and we made a switch in a restaraunt bathroom. Her brothers made gag noises all day. AND TO THINK i THOUGHT SHE WAS BLUFFING ABOUT BEING CAR SICK :)

Navi said...

agordon, come up with creative ideas for you kids as to why its good you work. I'm a working mom with a stay at home hubby as well, and get both the hubby and the kids whining about wanting more time w/ me.

and on the book...
"It's full of about fashion trends, beauty and style, crushes on boys, and teen movie stars. "

seriously, am I the only mom who's daughter still wants to be a kid! Granted she was going on 13 at 2, but my 9 yr old complained to me that the girls never wanted to play games magical powers (she's got an insane imagination, and most of her play is imaginative)... I looked at her and said, "Lola, play with the boys." and while her best friends are girls, and she does girl scouts, mostly at recess she plays with the boys, and it works, except for when I found out from the principal she smacked one of them...

actually, I remember all this worrying about boys before I was old enough to date confusing as a child. I tried to shield my daughter from it, but she still talked about having a boyfriend. So I explained to my daughter that a boy is not a 'boyfriend' unless she likes him more than her best friend (who's a girl, and who she absolutely adores). And just because she likes spending time with a boy doesn't mean she "likes" him. It just means they're good friends.

Well, now she appears to have a healthy outlook on that topic, has plenty of friends who are boys and who are just friends, and I don't think I'm going to have to worry about boys until at least middle school (which is only about a year and a half away...). Right now she doesn't think there's any way she could like any boy better than her best friend. :)

theyyyguy@yahoo.com said...

Mom would ask my brother and me, Which one of you gouged your finger into the cookie dough? She would prepare it ahead of time and store it in the downstairs freezer until baking day. Since we both nibbled at it, we could correctly say, It wasn't one of us. Mom got smart though and decided to keep the dough in the backseat of the car. It was winter and cold enough to keep them chilled until being baked.

Tracee said...

Navi,

I am right there with you wishing that girls this young weren't so interested in the boyfriend/girlfriend drama.

It's pretty damn scary if you think of those words with the definition we carry in our own minds.

But, you are very right to realize that your daughter doesn't carry equal connotations to yours. She likes a boy. In exactly the way you describe - more than the guy sitting next to her in class and less than her best friend.

I tend to think of these primary school crushes as very similar to "playing house." They play mom and dad and they play boyfriend and girlfriend. Both are very innocent.

Ainsley has had crushes or people she "clicks with" that happen to be of the opposite gender since she was born.

I too was slightly disappointed to see all the boy-girl, fashion and trend focus in the magazine. As I said, I had expected girlhood to have progressed in a more gender nuetral - lets find a cure for cancer and create world peace - way.

I could deny Ainsley this magazine because of it, but I won't. Because the fact remains that she IS interested in these things. She does care about her clothes and shoes, she does care about boys, and she definately has the girl drama and frienimies.

Deadmonkeys90 said...

I found myself in a sticky situation when I had to choose between my boyrfriend or my best friend. Me and my boyfriend weren't getting along well, and I had promised my best friend that I would go to her party. My boyfriend couldn't go that night so I told her I couldn't make it after all. It turned out to be one of the worst mistakes of my life, because as a result, I lost my best friend who had always been there for me no matter what.

Sara S said...

Last summer my friends and myself went to Disneyland, I was wearing these pure white pants and I thought I must of been looking good because I kept having all these people staring at me...Well I found out MUCH later in the day when I went to the restroom that I had sat on something brown, anyways it totally looked like I went to the bathroom in my pants....Im still blushing from embarrassment...and worse of all my friends all knew about it!

Tracee said...

The winner is . .. http://traceesioux.blogspot.com/2007/12/discovery-girls-prize-goes-to.html

Tracee said...

Tamara never claimed her prize, so the next winner is Agordon10. I had Ainsley draw the name out of a hat.

Please leave a comment here AND email me directly Agordon10 so I can get your address to mail your Discovery Girls package.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Discovery Girls Contest


by Tracee Sioux

Discovery Girls is a magazine created for girls, by girls ages 8 and up. I reviewed a couple of issues with Ainsley, who is granted only 6, but precocious.

It's full of about fashion trends, beauty and style, crushes on boys, and teen movie stars. I don't know why I expected that girlhood today would be different than girlhood when I was growing up. I guess I thought there would be more evolution in girlness.

That said, I totally love it and can't stop reading. I am even taking the quizzes. I totally forgot how much fun magazine quizzes are.

All the talk about boys and crushes would seem premature and inappropriate, if Ainsley hadn't already informed me who she's crushing on (I'm so not telling) and if I didn't remember being completely and utterly in love with a boy myself at her age. I would be incensed about the focus on boys if she hadn't opened the magazine and said, Oh wow, Zac Efron is in this. I was comforted when the advice column told a girl that the 5th grade was way too young to have a boyfriend. Fwhew.

The articles about Frenimies and Mean Girls are particularly useful.

Discovery Girls also recently released a series of books which I thought were entertaining and gave relevant advice.

The Fab Girls Guide to Friendship Hardship seems like a gold mine for mothers - oh, right and daughters too. At the beginning of the book girls take a quiz about their friendships and see whether they rank as good or bad. If you're friends with Poisonous Patti, she's mean, untrustwrothy and may actually be trying to make you feel bad. . . Nope, it's not your imagination, this girl is not your friend -- she's a frenemy wearing your BFF necklace, girls are advised to find better friends.

The book lists 8 frenemy behaviors: The User, The Gossip, The Part-Time Bully, The Cling-On, The Snob, The Drama Queen, The Hidder, and The Backstabber. Ah, brings back memories - not the good kind. The book tells girls what they're getting out of being friends with her.

It doesn't stop there. It addresses what to do if the girl, herself, is the mean girl. Yeah, you!, it says.

The book defines what you should expect out of a true friend and outlines how you can be one. It gives great advice on how to find friends when you are in need of new ones.

The Fab Girls Guide to Sticky Situationsis both helpful and hilarious. The really funny part is that you'll relate to lots of these sticky situations.

What should you do if your friend's mom bursts into the room and starts screaming about her D - time to slip out of the room.

What should you do if you're at school and you get period on your pants? Make a temporary pad out of toilet paper or a sock, tie a sweater or jacket around your waste and see the school nurse. Don't worry, this has happened to every girl.

The sticky situations include relevant information about what to do if you're approached by online predators too.

Other books in the series are Fab Girls Guide to Getting Your Questions Answered and Fab Girls Guide to Getting Through Tough Times.

You can buy the whole set of Fab Girls books for $29.95 or separately for $9.95 at discoverygirls.com.

Or

You can win a set of the books right here by posting a comment. If you share a sticky situation you found yourself in, you will be entered to win. The winner will be the one who made me laugh hardest. I will post the results next Tuesday.


This contest is officially closed. For announcement of the winner please go to Discovery Girls Prize Goes To . . .

33 comments:

Char said...

We love these books and the magazine! Right now my daughter is in a sticky situation - being pulled between two friends - both of whom she likes.

Gayla McCord said...

I know this sounds really gross but everyone does it too -- I've taught my kids that if they are in public, their nose runs and they CAN'T find a tissue, they turn the front, bottom of their shirt up, inside out and wipe their nose.

It's better than the tracks down the sleeves :)

Tracee said...

Char, what do you tell her to do?

Tracee said...

Gayla,

That's not gross - that's just smart. But, it could be a little sticky. Ick! Discreetly!

Karen_thrifty said...

I hadn't heard of these books yet. My daughter isn't at that age yet . . . thank goodness! I'm dreading those pre-teen and teen years! I'm feeling old right now!

Kate said...

I am in a bit of a sticky situation right now. It's sticky because I can't stick. My son has hidden the packing tape and I can't find it to mail out the Christmas package to our relatives in Bulgaria.

So, really, help me out. If you were five years-old, where would you hide the packing tape?

Tracee said...

Laundry hamper or trash can? A secret stash or backpack?

Clifton Wade said...

I am always in a stick situation - between a rock and a hard place - great prize - thank you!

agordon10 said...

I'm caught between my kids and my career. My husband is a stay-at-home Dad and now my kids are bitter that I work.

Tracee said...

That's not funny. That's sad Agordon.

You should probably know though, that it seems children find a reason to be bitter at their mothers regardless.

I remember wishing my mother had a job so she'd have something besides me to focus on.

Tracee said...

I once walked into a classroom and my black bra was hanging on the blackboard. I was late, so I couldn't sneak back out and everyone had plenty of time to talk about me.

Aparently the day before it had fallen out of my backpack.

I ingored it. Said nothing. Did nothing. While very hot and red.

Eventually I'm going to stop being embarrassed about it.

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Tamara said...

I had to be in a play at school and wear a dress as a costume, the dress was quite "filmy" and allowed my underclothes to show through. Of course that was the day I wore my penguin patterned underwear.....after that point, I was known as "chilly willy" to all, in honor of the cartoon penguin of the same name.

angelaandconnor at gmail.com said...

What a great book!

My goddaughter once asked me in public a sex question (she was 12) and I almost died. Ugg Im so dreading having conversation like that with my son. I belive in pure honesty even if its ugly.. but I really hate it.

I blogged ya too:
http://contestaddict.blogspot.com

bearhugs said...

was singing along to a song while waiitng for someone in the car and had it turned up and was rockin out when a knock on the window and it was a friend and her family sayingf hi

Anonymous said...

I was lucky enough to win 4 tickets to see a pre screening of the movie Enchanted and I have 5 grandchildren. Who do I pick?

vmkids said...

The sticky situation is making candy and having fingers covered with chocalte. The phone rings... lick fingers... wipe fingers... let phone ring! What a yummy thought.

lusciousnis said...

I had an experience like Tamara. When parachute pants came out, I got a red pair & thought I was the coolest! I strutted around school that day, and it wasn't until last period that someone pointed out to me my blue flowered panties showed right through! I never wore those pants again...

redron said...

I am in one when I play cards because everyone there talks about everyone else. And they want you to think that they are the innocent ones.

cdrury said...

not really liking someone you are forced to spend a lot ot time with but not wanting bad karma or to hurt anyone'afeelings!

AspergersKitty said...

I have lots of sticky situations. Like how to compliment one brother without implying he is better than his twin?

Kelly said...

Those books sound perfect for my pre-teen daughter!

KRAFTYK said...

my mom once had to cut my hair cus i had alot of gum stuck in it

clallen1971 said...

My daughter and I were in walmart christmas shopping and we had played with a little elmo toy that sings. As we were walking around I was singing "elmo's world da da da da elmo's world..." sort of loud and carefree thinking we were alone. A stocker person was on the other aisle the whole time. When I saw her my face got really red and we both just laughed at the silliness of it all.

AylorCD said...

A sticky situation is needing to be at an appointment in town(45 min) from the house with 3 kids and your 10 year old daughter barfs all over herself and the jeep. Of course it’s blazing Hot!!
Luckily I found a Goodwill store with a darling outfit and in no time flat and we made a switch in a restaraunt bathroom. Her brothers made gag noises all day. AND TO THINK i THOUGHT SHE WAS BLUFFING ABOUT BEING CAR SICK :)

Navi said...

agordon, come up with creative ideas for you kids as to why its good you work. I'm a working mom with a stay at home hubby as well, and get both the hubby and the kids whining about wanting more time w/ me.

and on the book...
"It's full of about fashion trends, beauty and style, crushes on boys, and teen movie stars. "

seriously, am I the only mom who's daughter still wants to be a kid! Granted she was going on 13 at 2, but my 9 yr old complained to me that the girls never wanted to play games magical powers (she's got an insane imagination, and most of her play is imaginative)... I looked at her and said, "Lola, play with the boys." and while her best friends are girls, and she does girl scouts, mostly at recess she plays with the boys, and it works, except for when I found out from the principal she smacked one of them...

actually, I remember all this worrying about boys before I was old enough to date confusing as a child. I tried to shield my daughter from it, but she still talked about having a boyfriend. So I explained to my daughter that a boy is not a 'boyfriend' unless she likes him more than her best friend (who's a girl, and who she absolutely adores). And just because she likes spending time with a boy doesn't mean she "likes" him. It just means they're good friends.

Well, now she appears to have a healthy outlook on that topic, has plenty of friends who are boys and who are just friends, and I don't think I'm going to have to worry about boys until at least middle school (which is only about a year and a half away...). Right now she doesn't think there's any way she could like any boy better than her best friend. :)

theyyyguy@yahoo.com said...

Mom would ask my brother and me, Which one of you gouged your finger into the cookie dough? She would prepare it ahead of time and store it in the downstairs freezer until baking day. Since we both nibbled at it, we could correctly say, It wasn't one of us. Mom got smart though and decided to keep the dough in the backseat of the car. It was winter and cold enough to keep them chilled until being baked.

Tracee said...

Navi,

I am right there with you wishing that girls this young weren't so interested in the boyfriend/girlfriend drama.

It's pretty damn scary if you think of those words with the definition we carry in our own minds.

But, you are very right to realize that your daughter doesn't carry equal connotations to yours. She likes a boy. In exactly the way you describe - more than the guy sitting next to her in class and less than her best friend.

I tend to think of these primary school crushes as very similar to "playing house." They play mom and dad and they play boyfriend and girlfriend. Both are very innocent.

Ainsley has had crushes or people she "clicks with" that happen to be of the opposite gender since she was born.

I too was slightly disappointed to see all the boy-girl, fashion and trend focus in the magazine. As I said, I had expected girlhood to have progressed in a more gender nuetral - lets find a cure for cancer and create world peace - way.

I could deny Ainsley this magazine because of it, but I won't. Because the fact remains that she IS interested in these things. She does care about her clothes and shoes, she does care about boys, and she definately has the girl drama and frienimies.

Deadmonkeys90 said...

I found myself in a sticky situation when I had to choose between my boyrfriend or my best friend. Me and my boyfriend weren't getting along well, and I had promised my best friend that I would go to her party. My boyfriend couldn't go that night so I told her I couldn't make it after all. It turned out to be one of the worst mistakes of my life, because as a result, I lost my best friend who had always been there for me no matter what.

Sara S said...

Last summer my friends and myself went to Disneyland, I was wearing these pure white pants and I thought I must of been looking good because I kept having all these people staring at me...Well I found out MUCH later in the day when I went to the restroom that I had sat on something brown, anyways it totally looked like I went to the bathroom in my pants....Im still blushing from embarrassment...and worse of all my friends all knew about it!

Tracee said...

The winner is . .. http://traceesioux.blogspot.com/2007/12/discovery-girls-prize-goes-to.html

Tracee said...

Tamara never claimed her prize, so the next winner is Agordon10. I had Ainsley draw the name out of a hat.

Please leave a comment here AND email me directly Agordon10 so I can get your address to mail your Discovery Girls package.