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For All Our Daughters: Five Essentials to Help Young Women & Girls Master the Art of Growing Up Paperback – May 25, 1998


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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Chandler House Press; First Edition edition (May 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188628413X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886284135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The opening chapter of For All Our Daughters ticks off a hair-raising list of troubles all too common among American girls ages 9 to 18. These crises range from eating disorders and unexpected pregnancies to suicidal feelings and abuse. Author Pegine Echevarria, a social worker whose childhood held more than its fair share of horrors, doesn't dally over bad news, though. Instead she surges forward to propose ways caring women can string safety nets beneath girls who are traumatized or bent on high-wire acts of destruction. Underpinning this mentoring plan is the author's assurance that however much you might like to think that your daughter tells you everything, she probably doesn't... and one day she certainly won't. "It's part of the maturing process for your daughter to stop turning to parents when faced with certain challenges," Echevarria says. For All Our Daughters offers an inspiring--and achievable--blueprint for building community and making a difference in someone's life. Though written for American girls, many of its suggestions are applicable to the stresses of life in other places--and for boys as well. --Francesca Coltrera

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For girls between the ages of 9 and 18, relationships with adult women other than their mothers can make a critical difference in the often difficult and confusing transition to womanhood. Echevarria provides wonderful insights for moms, as well as a pragmatic guide for women who are or want to become mentors. Based on her experience as youth counselor, mother, and mentor, this inspiring book offers concrete suggestions for providing guidance and good modeling in five crucial areas of development: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and financial accountability. Although the specific ideas offered may not always be appropriate, or even feasible, for every situation, they are sufficient in both number and variety and will inspire creative thinking about other imaginative solutions. Echevarria stresses that although a mentor will never replace a mother, she serves a vital role in a girl's maturation, through nonjudgmental listening and in helping explore opportunities for growth. Mentors model human resilience and resourcefulness, rather than perfection, and can show firsthand how responsible adults handle difficult situations. Grace Fill

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Pegine Echevarria's For all Our Daughters: How Mentoring Helps Young Women and Girls Master the Art of Growing Up, is a clear step-by-step guide for women interested in helping young girls develop through childhood and adolescence. The book highlights 13 crises that virtually all girls must endure in modern times including teenage sex, contraception, pregnancy, smoking, drinking, depression, eating disorders, parental conflict, self-loathing, physical abuse, sexual pressure, and date rape. Echevarria outlines five areas that mentors must be sensitive to when guiding young girls through or around these crises:
1) Physical Development: Engage in some physical activity with your mentee. This will induce conversation about physical development and sexuality, while also fostering healthy body image and goal setting skills.
2) Intellectual development: Engage mentee in discussion of current political issues, art, travel, history, theater, and mathematics. Offer career advice, identify internships and support groups, and promote learning as a lifelong, enjoyable endeavor.
3) Emotional Development: Discuss emotional crises that mentee may experience or be experiencing. Encourage her to reach out for help when needed, identify healthy interchange, model beneficial "venting", and stress anger management.
4) Spiritual Development: Help mentee develop a sense of gratitude for friends, family, talents, gifts, and God. Encourage her to volunteer for worthy causes, take moments of silence, define her religion, establish her beliefs and values, and have faith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Donnelly on May 28, 1998
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I'm a mentor in NYC and when I began I focused on helping my girl with academics. We also are active in sports, but there were other essentials I was overlooking like being an emotional or spiritual mentor. The book is an excellent guide to become a whole mentor. Echevarria is also speaking from the gut - she has mentored and recognizes the great mentors that influenced her. She gives us something real to change things with - I recommend this book to ALL of my female friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
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I had the oppourtunity to hear Pegine speak on mentoirng and leadership. WOW! She was amazing. If she comes to your town go to hear her. I wanted to learn more so I brought the book.
I have two nieces. After reading the book found myself thinking about activities I can be doing with them. She writes in a easy to read manner that woke me up. I learned about myself. I am going to do for myself things that I never did. Open myself up to new experiences.
This book is wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
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A terrific easy to read book that opened my eyes to the challenges girls face. More importantly though I learned skills that I can use with my grandaughters and nieces. A great gift for women.... and men.
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