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Hot Buttons: Tackle Tough Issues Proactively with Tweens and Teens

Hot Buttons books Hot Buttons: Tackle Tough Issues Proactively with Tweens and Teens

From drugs to bullying, from internet activity to dating, Hot Button issues have saturated youth culture . . . and may have challenged your teen. This accessible, quick-reference series by Nicole O’Dell is a practical guide for discussing these Hot Buttons with your child, before the issues become a problem. The Hot Buttons series has been awarded the Focus on the Family Seal of Approval!

Each Hot Buttons book begins with a real look at the temptations and situations that teens are faced with, including current statistics and advice for parents to consider before launching into a discussion. The most unique and practical aspect of each Hot Button book is the strategic scenarios—short stories that allow parents to introduce certain challenges to their teens in a creative “what would you do?” question and answer format. Each Hot Button scenario is followed by a few choices from which the teen can choose to resolve the situation. Parents are then guided through a discussion to help prepare their tweens and teens for real-life Hot Buttons situations.

Dating, Internet, Sexuality and Drug Editions are available now. Bullying and Image Editions will release in 2013. 

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Youth-culture expert, Nicole O’Dell, resides in Paxton, Illinois, with her husband and six children–the youngest of which are toddler triplets. She’s the founder of Choose NOW Ministries (www.choose-now.com), dedicated to battling peer pressure and guiding teens through tough issues while helping parents encourage good decisions, and host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk (www.choosenowradio.com), where “It’s all about choices!” On air, O’Dell covers peer pressure, dating, purity, drugs, alcohol, modesty, popularity, and anything else that comes up along the way. Nicole writes and speaks to preteens, teenagers, and parents about how to prepare for life’s tough choices.

She’s author of YA fiction, including the popular Scenarios for Girls interactive fiction, which offers readers alternate endings, allowing them to decide what the main character does, and the Diamond Estates Series based on her experiences as a resident at Teen Challenge as a teenager. Her non-fiction for teens includes Girl Talk, 2/1/12, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column.

Nicole’s desire to bridge the gap between parents and teens is evident in her parenting non-fiction like the Hot Buttons, series aimed at helping parents handle tough issues with their tweens and teens before they pop up in real life. Watch for Hot Buttons books on subjects like dating, Internet activity, sexuality, prejudice, friendships, politics, and many more.

For more information on Nicole O’Dell or her books, or to schedule Nicole for a speaking event or interview, visit http://www.nicoleodell.com. Podcasts of Choose NOW Radio are available at http://www.chooseNOWradio.com.  Source.

Do you think the internet to be a safe place for your child to connect with their friends?  Let Hot Buttons Internet Edition help parents prepare their teens for online challenges they may face. Topics discussed include: internet activity, file sharing, social networking, and internet predators.

Do you know the current hot drugs, alcohol, inhalants and prescription drugs out there that are available to your children at the drop of a hat? Let Hot Buttons Drug Edition brave the scary world of substance abuse, equipping parents with facts, warning signs, and real-world scenarios on: alcohol; Marijuana and other drugs; inhalants; and prescription drugs.

Think dating today is just for sixteen-year-olds and up? Are your children dating without your knowledge?  Let Hot Buttons Dating Edition offer practical real-life situations that parents can read and discuss with their preteens. Topics include: physical activity, missionary dating, and violence/abuse in dating relationships.

How do you handle the discussion of sexuality with your young person?  Let Hot Buttons Sexuality Edition offer the facts about teen sexuality, backed by statistics; specifics for how to talk frankly about sex with your kids, discussion about the growth of homosexuality and bisexuality among teens; and compassionate advice for guiding your teen to reclaim purity.

Link to buy books: http://ow.ly/esojj

Landing page: http://litfusegroup.com/author/nodell

My Review:

Nicole O’Dell’s Hot Button Editions can help parents, even timid parents, to become prepared, watchful and proactive with their tweens and teens in the four following areas:

  • Internet use
  • Drug abuse
  • Dating guidelines
  • Sexuality and purity
  • (Bullying and Image Editions will release in 2013)

Nicole exudes confidence in her books to parents in helping them learn how to initiate conversations with their young people for their own personal safety, their ability to stand strong against peer pressure, and live a Godly life.  Scripture is generously used to combat the lies Satan puts in our children’s minds and to help parents teach and demonstrate Godly lifestyles.

Nicole answers the Why, When and How in each book as they speaks directly to the issues at hand, which are the prepared, watchful, and proactive stances listed above.  I found this information vital for parents to know, as well as to process with their tween/teen.

The section under identifying the issue goes into greater detail, giving parents a great resource tool to open discussions with their children and to counsel them in the ways of God. And we all know as parents how hard it can be to open up discussions on these difficult issues at times with our teens.

The third section includes protective procedures, the armor of God and strategic scenarios to work through with their young people, helping them to prepare beforehand to stand up to peer pressure, drug pushers, dating pressures, and learning how they can control their own sexuality. I particularly think the strategic scenarios are a great tool to help their son/daughter to think through scenarios before they are enticed.  Using the armor of God as parents and individually by the son/daughter will help them stand stronger.

Nicole O’Dell gives us a lot of great advice and information.  If you have young people at home, start early to teach them Godly truths for these issues.  Don’t leave it to the schools or church to do your parental duty.  After all, God gave them to you to raise and teach them to walk in His ways.  You CAN do it!

I believe every parent needs to get these Hot Button books.  Remember, they are teaching sex education as early as kindergarten.  Be proactive and reach your children for the Lord and His Godly ways before society and the media lead them down wrong and painful paths.  These issues are close to my heart, and I thank Nicole for writing these practical, wise books for parents.

Praying for your children is parenting at its best!  (Carrie, BSF leader)

These four books were provided free by Amy Lathrop of Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was received.

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