'Maggie is a national treasure.' Tracey Spricer, AM
'. . . sage wisdom for parenting and supporting girls.' Mona Delahooke, PhD, bestselling author and pediatric psychologist
The early years of a little girl's life will shape her future in powerful ways.
Maggie Dent, Australia's queen of common-sense parenting, has investigated the development period from birth to age eight.
Drawing on nearly 5,000 survey results, the latest research, and her own extensive experience as an educator, counsellor, facilitator, mum and grandmother, Maggie shows us how to help our girls build an emotional and psychological base for life.
Secure foundations, Maggie argues, will help insulate our girls against anxiety and other mental health challenges as they grow into their teens and feel more capable and resilient while keeping their own authentic voice as they enter womanhood.
Written with all the rigour, compassion and humour we have come to expect from one of Australia's best-loved parenting voices, this is both a deeply practical guide to raising girls, as well as a celebration and intimate meditation on the state of being female, which women of all ages will relate to.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Girlhood, parenting expert Maggie Dent takes readers inside the world of girls up to the age of eight, showing us how to help them be their strong, creative, loving, courageous selves—now and in the future. The through line of the book is that for girls to shine brightly, we must challenge the social norms that seek to suppress them. Dent writes with authority, passion and vulnerability while making her case that the path to happy and healthy womanhood starts with a supported young girl. All the big topics are covered, including the need to protect girls’ childhoods in the digital age, and addressing anxiety and low self-esteem. She also provides specific tips and extra reading suggestions to help us nurture our girls’ selfhood and find loving connections with them. We are so glad Maggie Dent is walking with us on this wild parenting journey. Parents, grandparents, educators and teachers will find themselves referring to this valuable resource regularly.