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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; FIRST SIMON & SHUSTER PAPRBACK EDITON edition (May 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743267788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743267786
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Philip Van Munching sounds like a pretty cool dad. True, he’d rather his daughters steer clear of drugs and alcohol and avoid having sex until after he’s dead, but he’s well aware of the fact that they’re living in the real world. In Boys Will Put You on a Pedestal (so they can look up your skirt), this father of two offers practical advice to teenage girls in a series of fresh and funny chapters on everything from Fate to Faith to Boyfriends, The Internet, and How to be Happy. Consider what he has to say about Tattoos: "If you ever seriously think about getting one do yourself a favor first. Go to the drawer where you keep your T-shirts and take a good look at them. What’s on them? Got any designer names or funny sayings? Or do you have T-shirts with pictures of cartoon animals? Wait, of course you don’t: you had the animal T-shirts a few years ago, but you’ve gotten rid of them. You outgrew them." To further prove his point, he suggests checking out "your folks’ old high school yearbooks" for more evidence that what’s cool today won’t be forever. One thing his girls can likely count on to remain constant, however, is their dad’s obvious love and respect for them, as Van Munching appears infinitely curious about their current lives and the challenges they will face in the future. –Patrick Jennings.

From Publishers Weekly

Weaving together humorous anecdotes and sound advice, devoted dad Van Munching, whom Couric calls "my personal Dr. Phil," shares a lifetime of wisdom for parents and their growing daughters in this brief book. The author draws on his experiences both as a kid and as a parent, and writes in a conversational style that is bound to make discussions of touchy subjects easier (and even entertaining). The father of two girls, Van Munching offers advice about boyfriends, sex, self-image and dealing with the emotional roller coaster ride of adolescence. The chapters about grief and drugs and alcohol are especially notable, but the book's most important point may be that all good advice comes through shared conversation rather than one-way lecturing. While the book is geared toward daughters, the content is just as applicable to sons, and readers of all ages will find it a useful tool for opening discussions about life's difficult issues.
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I would recommend this book to either parent and their daughters.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Mitton on February 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
Saw this at the library and had to read it: the title itself was worth the check-out. As a well-worn parent of both boys and girls I'll say that the two are different - it's hard to believe how many people tell me they're not. (Later I find that these good minded folks have either one child or none.) Yes, boys want to look up girls skirts. Boys, especially as they get older, have only one or two things on their mind when it comes to girls. This applies to pretty much every boy who has ever lived. Girls, who obviously have their own drives and interests, just don't think like this and this is where your daughters can get into trouble. This funny and very readable little book can help both parents and girls understand better what's going on with little Jimmy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JanetBost on May 6, 2005
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This is the sweet, inspiring, moving, funny book I wish I could have read when I was a young teenage girl. Van Munching writes with warmth and sensitivity about all the Big subjects -- sex, popularity, grief, self-control, faith -- without preaching or talking down, and with a winsome, unaffected style that is beyond refreshing. Weaving stories from his own growing-up with commonsense, grounded advice, he takes the reader on a wonderful journey all the way to the last chapter, called "How to be Happy" -- which, by the way, I was when I finished this superb book. My daughter is barely five, but this book will be waiting for her when she's ready. "Boys will Put You on Pedestal" is for daughters, for their parents, and for anyone who cares about the emotional, physical, and psychological well-being of young girls. Run and buy it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Shoeless Joe on May 20, 2005
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I'm a new dad of a baby girl, so even though it'll be years before my daughter's ready for it, this book caught my eye. I'm glad it did. Van Munching has written a wise, funny, eminently readable and engaging tribute to his daughters, to parenting, to the minefields of adolescence. Here's a favorite bit that seems to define the spirit of this generous book: "I've learned a little something about mistakes: they are the true measure of you....they are what define and teach you....and are maybe the only things in your life that are truly your own. Everyone will jump in to grab a little glory when you do something right; mistakes are yours and yours alone. The trick is how you make use of them." What an important, right-on observation, and how I wish I'd had someone tell ME that when I was an awkward 15 year old boy. Though "Boys will Put you on a Pedestal" is specifically written for teenage girls, its applications transcend gender. A great book.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Beaudry on June 1, 2005
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As a brand new dad of twins (one boy, one girl), I was delighted to see this book. Growing up in an all male household (three brothers) has left me totally unprepared for raising my daughter. Although she's too young for the advice in this book, at least I'll be better prepared for when she's ready to hear the tidbits this book doles out about sex, relationships, self-image, and experience. Some of the advice is gender specific, but a lot of the advice is universal, such as advice on mistakes - "Mistakes are yours and yours alone. It's what you do with them that makes the difference."

This book is a hilarious and wonderfully presented resource book that really gets to the heart of the matter, which is communication. This book enhances your ability to have a dialogue with your children, which is especially important, because if you want your advice to stick, it shouldn't come in the form of a lecture.

I would recommend this book to any new parent, but particularly for dads of daughters (the newer, the better). After all, knowledge is power, and preparation for those awkward conversations later on can be the key.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Julie on May 8, 2005
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It has been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud, but never has a book brought me to tears. I felt like I was taken on an incredible journey with the author, hearing about his life experiences and lessons learned - and remembering my own and how they have affected my life. It is a book that everyone can relate to, regardless of where they grew up, how they were raised, or where their interests lie. Certain experiences, such as being taunted, going to high school parties and peer pressure, losing a loved one, your first "love", etc., ring true for all of us. Although I am neither a teenage girl or a parent yet, I feel as if it spoke to the fifteen-year old that was me as well as the future parent that I hope to someday be. I just wish that my parents, who always have been wonderful, loving and supportive, had been able to communicate that way with me when I was growing up...because I really needed it at the time!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Coach Tony on May 9, 2005
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While this book is intended to provide teens and pre-teens with fatherly advice, it is especially useful for parents. Van Munching weaves life lessons with self-deprecation and wit into a terrific guide that encourages girls to think for themselves. I especially like the themes of integrity, accountability, empowerment and love that run through the book. It's unfair to provide kids with these gems, when it takes the rest of us 30 or more years to learn them!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 12, 2006
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This is a great book for pre-teen and teenage girls and the parents of them. It helps that the book is written as though you're having a conversation with the author and not as though it's another lecture from your parent or gardian. The book gives great advice and the author admits to making mistakes and not saying not to do something and no further questions about it. And another good thing,he knows what he's talking about, with teenage daughters of his own
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