Too many young women become convinced during their teenage years that they are failures who will never be beautiful, smart, or able to achieve professional success. But some girls manage to break free of the cycle of self-doubt--and 81 of them told Barbara Littman what their parents did to help make their success possible. The advice in Everyday Ways to Raise Smart, Strong, Confident Girls
is mostly commonsensical (spend time with your daughter, take her ambitions and achievements seriously), but the simple activities it recommends can make a huge difference in an adolescent girl's life. There's some parental advice that is gender-specific: fathers can include their daughters in traditionally "male" activities like auto repair, while mothers, by accepting compliments from others, can show that it's OK for a woman to be proud of her accomplishments. Above all, Littman advises, be honest with young women and give them the psychological tools they need to mature into self-reliant women.
From Library Journal
Littman's (The Women's Business Resource Guide) latest book is essentially another resource guide. This helpful, clearly written work offers practical advice and tools for parents looking to combat the self-esteem problems of their daughters. Plummeting self confidence is prevalent among adolescent girls, and Littman worked with an advisory board of young women aged 17 to 19 and also culled responses from more than 80 other young women to compile hands-on information about what sort of support girls this age need to flourish. The book's first four sections address different facets of adolescent girls' lives: "Family First," "Girl Power!" "Her Body, Her Self," and "What Can She Be?" The last section provides a comprehensive listing of resources, including publications and organizations mentioned throughout the book. Highly recommended for all public libraries.ASheila Devaney, North Carolina State Univ. Libs., Raleigh
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