Girls need ample, loving demonstrations from adults close to them that they are appreciated and can be trusted to know what they need for themselves. They also need to be given plenty of opportunity to develop their talents. Girls who lack sufficient emotional support may feel neglected and unworthy of attention, and easily find themselves at greater risk of exploitation and abuse, even as adults. Raising Confident Girls provides parents and teachers with the best hands-on, practical advice available for nurturing girls in a changing and challenging social environment.
In June, Perseus enthusiastically releases two titles by British parenting educator Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer. In Raising Confident Girls, Hartley-Brewer argues that, although women do have a freedom that was unheard of 50 years ago, girls now face a sometimes unbearable combination of pressures. Her positive focus ("Model respect for women," "Examine your expectations" and "Respect her feelings") emphasizes the ways that parents and teachers specifically can boost girls' self-esteem.