Monday, October 29, 2012

"Hot Buttons" Review {Giveaway}

*Don’t miss my other giveaway going on for
Julie Lessman’s newest book A Light in the Window*

About the book: 

Nicole O'Dell helps address the Hot Buttons in teens' lives before the issues become problems

From dating to drugs, modesty to purity, morals to popularity, teens face all sorts of tough issues. How teens respond to these hot-button issues can have lasting effects on who they want to be and who they actually become. What if parents can help their teens prepare for these hot buttons-before the issues become a problem?
The uniquely packaged Hot Buttons Series is an accessible, quick-reference resource that parents can use to equip their children to make the right decisions, even in the face of peer pressure and outside influences. More than just another how-to manual, Hot Button Dating Edition offers 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.
Author, mom, and broadcaster, Nicole O'Dell provides short scenarios followed by three or four responses that a teen might choose in that particular situation. Parents are then encouraged to help their children explore the issue, ask questions, and discuss the options, so when a similar situation comes up in real life, the teens are already prepared to respond.

Hot Buttons Dating Edition offers 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.
Hot Buttons Internet Edition helps parents prepare their teens for online challenges they may face. Topics discussed include: internet activity, file sharing, social networking, and internet predators.
Hot Buttons Drug Edition braves 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.

Hot Buttons Sexuality Edition offers 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.

My thoughts:
If you have kids, you need these books. As a parent, I get how hard it can be to bring up these topics and have meaningful conversations. Nicole O'Dell does an amazing job of breaking down the tough stuff into little bites, just perfect for busy parents. And the books themselves are smaller sized, just the right size to toss in your purse and read while waiting in the car at piano or picking up kids at soccer practice. 

Each book is divided into four sections: Hot Button Topics, Identifying Hot Button Topics, Pressing the Hot Button Topics and Parent-Teen Study Guide. She then breaks it down further by listing Warning Signs, Action Steps, Check Points and even quick bullet point prayers for you and your children. In her Strategic Scenarios, Nicole gives you talking points and questions to ask to get your kids to open up and have that conversation. The last part of the book covers confessions, forgiveness and great resources to explore each topic further.  

From drinking and dating, social media and pornography, purity and homosexuality - these books are an awesome resource for parents today. Just because we don't want to cover these topics, doesn't mean we don't have to... Hot Buttons will make it easier to talk to your kids before they hear it from someone else.

About the author:   
Youth-culture expert, Nicole O'Dell is the host of Choose NOW Radio: Parent Talk and Teen Talk and the founder of Choose NOW Ministries, dedicated to guiding teens through tough issues and helping parents encourage good decisions.

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.

As an author, O'Dell writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her popular YA fiction includes the Diamond Estate Series and the Scenarios for Girls interactive books that feature alternate endings, allowing young girls to decide the outcome for the main character. Her nonfiction for teens includes Girl Talk, which she wrote with her two daughters based on their popular advice column.
While her YA resources encourage and equip teens, Nicole also works to bridge the communication gap between teens and their parents. The Hot Buttons series helps parents discuss tough issues with their tweens and teens before the issues pop up in real life. Watch for future Hot Buttons books on subjects like bullying, image, prejudice, friendships, politics, and more.
O'Dell, resides in Paxton, IL, with her husband and six children-the youngest of whom are toddler triplets.
Find out more about Nicole at

Want more?
Don’t miss the live video chat with Nicole on November 1st and your chance to win a $100 Visa Cash Card!

Listen to an interview with Nicole O’Dell on how to talk to your kids about sex:

See what others are saying about Hot Buttons.

Purchase any of the Hot Buttons books, and more by Nicole O'Dell, at her Amazon store

The prize and the fine print:
The winners will be mailed one (my choice of 4) Hot Buttons by Nicole O’Dell via media mail.

This mailing is limited to USA (including APO/FPO) and CAN addresses.  

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review. 

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  1. My oldest just turned 13 earlier this month so I definitely need these! This is my first teenager so I have lots of questions/worries/concerns.

  2. These teenage years are very intimidating. I would love to have this resource available.

  3. My daughter is entering her tweens with the attitude of a teen. I need these to prepare for the next decade. =)

  4. The most difficult topic for me so far has been sexuality. I would love to win these books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. All such important topics to discuss with our children. Would love to win these great resources.

  6. What an awesome idea!!! I love the idea of giving them some responses to difficult issues. Often kids want to do the right thing, but aren't sure how. Great giveaway!!!

  7. I recently helped start a MomsNext group. These would be helpful! We are a group of moms with school aged children.

  8. I am a MOMSnext leader and any of these would be great to give out at our meetings!! Hard subject to talk about for sure!

  9. Would love to share these with my group...and I really am thinking about calling her to COME to my group!