Do you have a teen or tween? Book contest!

by singlemomseeking on May 21, 2009

Whew. I mailed more than 75 condom tins on Monday to everyone who requested them. By the way, ONLY women readers responded to my offer. Interesting.


So, how about the winners of the anthology Because I Love Her?

Congrats to ButterflyMom, Connie, Judy, GLSD, and Lex.

We’ve also mailed books to the 30 winners of our Singlemommyhood Mother’s Day contests. Thanks!!


Now, are you ready for another giveaway — for parents of teens or tweens?


When I emailed, Terri MacLeod — co-author of 113 Things to Do by 13 — I was excited to chat with a celebrity journalist. (She’s a senior producer at the show Access Hollywood.)

But after just one email round, Terri revealed: “I am a single mom too. Can be tough, right?”

Tough enough, but during a 15 minute phone conversation, I wanted to drill Terri for some parenting advice. She’s clearly doing a lot right.

Just before her daughter, Brittany, turned 13, Terri noticed her daughter making a list. It turns out, she was brainstorming 100 things she wanted to do before she turned 13.

As Brittany shared her list, this book was born: 113 Things to Do by 13, with tips from your fave celebs and tween insiders. The book credits Brittany — now an eighth grader in New York City — as the author, “with a little help from Mom.”

113 Things to Do by 13 is a roadmap for both tweens and their parents to help navigate the crazy times yet still have lots of fun!

The book — which M has already stashed for bedtime reading — includes:

— Turning an OMG moment into a life-learning lesson.

— Starting your own business at a young age.

— Knowing and practicing good manners.

— How to handle BFF trouble.

— 13 ways to volunteer at 13.

Moreover, Terri interviewed some of the most popular pop stars, such as Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift.

Terri encourages moms to hang out with their daughters – and it doesn’t mean doing extravagant things, like going to a Broadway play. “Just turn off the TV, sit down, and talk about your day. If you talk about your day, your daughter is more apt to open up.”

But here’s one of the best parts: mother and daughter took on a full role reversal when they edited the book.

Although Brittany came up with the skeleton of the book, Terri wrote the full first draft, and then turned to her teen daughter for editorial expertise.

“I’d ask, ‘Would you say it this way?’ and she’d edit it, and then she’d put it tween speak.”

Harlequin is giving away copies to three readers.

What do you need to do to win?

Leave a comment. That’s it.

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Dawn June 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

My niece would love this book she always is reading.


Amanda May 28, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Our family would love a copy of this book. I have two girls 10 and 12 and sometimes connecting with them can be so challenging. Their personalities are so different I feel like I am constantly switching gears to keep up with them.


Legal Editor Mom May 26, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Sounds like a great read; count me in!


Karlana May 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Wow, that sounds like an amazing book! As a mother of a tween, and a 7th grade teacher, this would be one awesome book to have on hand, even just as an ice breaker!

Karlana´s last blog post…I should put this on my bookshelf!


Mom2Maddie99 May 25, 2009 at 8:33 pm

My tween loves to read and I think she would love this book…if I do not win it, I am DEFINITELY going to get it for her!!!


Practical Mommy May 25, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I love this concept… and how empowering the list seems to be. So cool!

I’d love to do something with you and this book at

Let’s connect! 🙂


Luke Himebaugh May 24, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Awesome idea, I’m very much intrigued as my oldest daughter turns 10 tomorrow and we still have time…lol…


Kari May 22, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Ohhh this book is soo up our alley these days. My kiddo is just about to turn 12 in July.

Right now we seem to be in a power struggle but she still likes to interact and TALK to me about the important stuff. I’m always striving to make that a stronger tie as she gets older so she continues to do so.

It sounds like a great book to read together and discuss to keep communication open. I love how Terri involved her daughter in the writing of the book! She sure does sound like someone that knows a thing or two about parenting a tween/teen daughter. Just the type of person I need to hear from.

Kari´s last blog post…Let the talking begin…. Tweens/Teens and cell phones.


Susan May 22, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Hi- My daughter is turning 13 and I would love to give her this book, and she would love to read it!

Thank you


Coachdad May 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm

As a single father of four daughters with one turning 11 this year, I would love this book for the oldest. She is growing up so fast and it’s making things difficult with me having to have talks with her that I never imagined having to have. It is a learning curve every day.

Coachdad´s last blog post…My kids, students and the Luau


Susan May 22, 2009 at 11:13 am

I love this – so empowering! And, based on the examples from the book I’d say we adults could learn a few things, too.

Please enter me in to win!

Susan´s last blog post…Taking a bow


Shannon May 22, 2009 at 6:25 am

Would absolutely love this book. B is a real self-starter, as evidenced by my most recent post. When we part for school each morning, I always say “Go and make a difference little girl…” because I know that’s very much who she is.
And thank you so much for “The Mighty Queens of Freeville”. I’m from NY too and this book really struck home. I read it in one day!!! I absolutely loved it.

Shannon´s last blog post…A Mover and A Shaker…


Lori@Not Always Charming May 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm

I can only imagine all of the things that must be listed! My girl would love this.


Alicia May 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hmmm – I’m pretty far away from 13, but I just wanted to leave you sum luv – your blog rocks!

Alicia´s last blog post…<<< Selling Me, or trying to


April May 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

I would love to win this for my 11-year-old! What a great way to get her mind off things and do some productive things!

April´s last blog post…Everything Changes


rob May 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

I sure this would be perfect for my two daugters, ages 11 and 14! Of course, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt for my wife and I to read it, too!


Rob May 21, 2009 at 11:25 am

This would be perfect for my two daughters, ages 11 and 14. Of course, I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt if my wife and I read it, too!


SingleParentPlus2 May 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

I’m eight years away from thirteen but it’s never too late to start!

SingleParentPlus2´s last blog post…My favorie portrait


SDMktg May 21, 2009 at 10:58 am

I wonder if that would be better for me to understand my daughter (who’s already a daddy’s girl) or her mom who frequently admits to being a bit clueless?


Megan May 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

My 10-year-old daughter’s #1 thing on her list?

Dye her hair pink.
I can hardly believe I have a 10-year-old!


Syd May 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

Boy, could I use a hand. My oldest is 8 – but I feel the teen issues coming on already. And I am woefully underprepared!! 🙂

Syd´s last blog post…annoying little sisters


T May 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

What a cool idea! I love how our children feel such freedom in speaking their minds. Perhaps to some, it is not a good thing but I love that their imaginations come alive!!

Yeah, I’d be interested in reading this myself. It would spark great conversation with my girls.

Thanks Rachel.

T´s last blog post…Let go of one thing…


John F May 21, 2009 at 8:09 am

A day late and a dime short! The book may have offered some advice on my latest teen “issue”.

Count me in as a contest enrolee!

John F´s last blog post…Kid Logic: Help Needed


Brittany May 21, 2009 at 6:24 am

My baby sister (who I call my firstborn, since I was 15 when she was born) would love this. What a cute idea!


Angela May 21, 2009 at 6:17 am

My sweet little girl is going to be 9 in June, I’m not sure of the tween age rules but if eye rolling, stomping feet, door slamming, and “buuuuut MOM!” count..we are so there!

Angela´s last blog post…Have a seat…and some coffee.


Thena May 21, 2009 at 6:01 am

This book would be great for my step-daughter. She’s 11 going on 30, and loves to read.

Thena´s last blog post…Makayla update


jerri May 21, 2009 at 5:50 am

Would Love to get this book
My son just turned 13


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