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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