Psychologist and parenting author, Gisela Preuschoff injects her own experiences as a mother of four into this book and illustrates her points with stories and examples from the experiences of many families. Her advice covers birth to late adolescence – and across physical, emotional and sexual development, schools and learning, gender stereotyping, parent–child relationships (including the turbulent teen years) and how self-esteem can reduce a daughter’s fears. Foreword by Steve Biddulph.
Psychologist Biddulph (Raising Boys) comes around to the other half of the parenting challenge by taking on the challenges most pressing to today's girls: sexuality, bullying, weight and food issues, alcohol and drugs, and interacting online. His recommended parenting approach consists of close monitoring of media, friendships, and activities; being a good role model; mentorship by a trusted female adult ("auntie"); and serving as a loving mentor, but not an enabling friend. Biddulph sees the foundation for girl's strong self-esteem and healthy sexuality as beginning in the earliest years. He offers a guide to girls' psychological growth broken down by five stages: birth, where security needs come first; toddlerhood, where enjoyment of the world is paramount; the early school years, where people skills are learned; soul-searching preteen years; and the teen years of learning to navigate life responsibly and with purpose. In addition to giving general advice, Biddulph spends time on issues that affect girls disproportionately: the complex social hierarchies in female friendships, damaging media influence, and eating disorders. The book offers solid, compassionate advice for parents who want to teach their daughters to be empowered within a culture that can belittle them.
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This is no Steve Biddulph!
I wish I'd taken the time to read some reviews before wasting my time reading this book. Poorly written; plenty of contradictory opining with little convincing evidence to back it up; almost bizarre generalizations; incongruous sequencing of information and odd tangents (often added in brackets). I don't think this woman had a good editor working with her, and I am thoroughly disappointed she was allowed to name it in parallel with "Raising Boys", which was a marvelous, clearly written piece with strong assertions and interesting concepts, as opposed to this waste of time and money.
Waste of money
Will make sure to read reviews before I purchase anything again. Thanks for a valuable lesson