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about Pruning Princesses

I’m a resource person, an overthinker, an information collector, a writer, and a grower (of plants and girls). I write to organize my thoughts and I post those thoughts because I wish I could have  tea and chat with another mom daily about all the astounding things motherhood brings into our consciousness.

God sees your girl as a beautiful princess. Her beauty is not based on outward appearance. And the world is going to teach her to look only at the external. So we guard them and guide them until their faith is strong enough to automatically view the world and themselves  as God does. I don’t know how we accomplish this, but I can share what I have learned so far. I can talk to moms who have done it, and share their insights too.

I hope you will share here too. Because mothering is much better in community. While I primarily focus on girls, so much of mothering is independent of the sex of our children. You are welcome regardless of the gender of your favorite little life.

About me: I’ve been married for 15 years to my math teacher husband. We’ve lived in Iowa, Montana and now Michigan. My girls are red heads with spunk. Bird is ten. Snuggle Bug is eight. For now, our pets are two guinea pigs, Astro and Nibbles, and a parrot named Buster. I care for my house and family, garden, write, and homeschool.

I hope you will  join me on this parenting journey. Let me know you stopped by and if I can pray for you, please tell me how. Get Pruning Princesses delivered to your email box, below, or head back to the home page and join us on Facebook or Twitter or with your favorite RSS feed reader. Emails are confidential.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Debra Elliott October 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Glad I could be of help on the candy situation. Let me tell that Unreal is great! Love your blog.


Raquel Molczan December 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm

glad i found you on SIT! i love your blog (and the name…it’s just perfect!). i like that you’re a woman of faith also (like me). i’m raising a daughter (as a first-time mom), and i know there’s so many wonderful things i want to teach her. i hope we can connect and share/ relate to our experiences as bloggers and mommys. i’m subscribed to your blog and also following you on twitter. looking forward in connecting with you <3


pruningprincesses December 6, 2012 at 1:57 am

Hi Raquel! I am so excited to meet you. I hope we do connect many times in the future (I followed you back on Twitter). I hope you return to Pruning Princesses and explore more. There is so much to inspire moms. And in the future I am hoping to have Q&A posts where either I answer questions or some of the mentor moms do. So if you have any questions about raising girls, please ask. And I love to pray for readers so email me any prayer requests! Blessings.


Valerie May 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

You mentioned being an avid reader and writer, I can relate! In a recent post you mentioned to send some ideas for books on growing up Godly girls, handling ‘The Talk’ , etc.

Here are some from my tween and up list, many are not Christian but offer good ideas, advice or perspectives. Others are on lend 🙁 I will write you back if they ever make it home:

Boundaries with Teens, Townsend
What Do You Stand For, For Teens, Lewis Barbara (also comes with a game, a book on boundaries good for families)
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, Covey
*Six Ways to Keep the ‘Little’ in your Girl, Gresh (moms guide, great for younger girls too)
*Teaching True Love to a Sex at 13 Generation, Ludy (Eric and Leslie Ludy also wrote ‘When God Writes Your Love Story’ both worth it to own)
Growing Strong Daughters, McMinn Lisa

Some others that are also good:

Odd Girl Out, Simmons Rachel (this one really helps with bullying, it can be shocking)
My Girl, Adventures with a Teen in Training, Stabiner Karen
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff For Teens, Carlson Richard
I also liked all of the Chicken Soup books for my daughter .. anything to keep it positive

For some specific issues or for more worldly discussions:

Ophelia Speaks, Shandler Sara
The Toughlove Prescription, Zodekevitch
The Grieving Teen, a guide for teenagers and their friends, Fitzgerald Helen

There were also a few books I was shocked to need in my daughters small, Christian charter school. They are on lend, but here is my best memory of them:

Queen Bees & Wannabes
The Family Virtues Guide, Popov (her school used this for a semester)
Building Moral Intelligence, Borba


pruningprincesses May 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Wow Valerie. What a thorough list. I’ve read mot of these, but a few are new to me. I especially loved the Gresh book. I never thought about the Chicken soup book for my girls. Great idea. You could easily make your own blog post!


Sonia Lopez August 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I’m subscribed to receiving your posts and I truly enjoy them! And learn a lot from them.
I have a question: I’m looking for a book to read with my almost 9 year-old daughter about physical changes as she enters puberty (her breasts are already changing)… Thank you for any recomendations! My email is foureyes@cox.net


pruningprincesses August 13, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Hi Sonia, I so glad you enjoy the blog posts. My favorite book for a girl that age is You! A Christian Girl’s Guide to Growing Up by Nancy Rue. Here is a link to post that talks about resources for this topic : http://www.pruningprincesses.com/resources-for-talking-about-the-birds-and-the-bees/ Let me know if you use this book or if you find another one you love. I’d like to know about it!


Racchelle dennhardt January 16, 2014 at 3:44 am

Hi I thought I saw on your blog a link to a book about not being a perfect mom. Will you let me know whether I am correct and also where I can find that information. I thought it was a downloadable book thanks. Keep up the good work,
Rachelle Dennhardt


pruningprincesses January 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi Rachhelle, I think you might be thinking of Jill Savage’s No More Perfect Moms book. I was part of the launch team for that book. Here is the link to one of the posts http://www.pruningprincesses.com/no-more-perfect-moms/. You can buy it as a real book or as a downloadable ebook. Hope that helps.


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