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Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide to Raising Strong, Empowered Girls Who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters Hardcover – December 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440527954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440527951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, child and adolescent psychologist, is a regular correspondent for The Early Show. She has also appeared on Fox News, The Today Show, and Headline News. Dr. Hartstein uses a variety of treatment approaches that promote strong self-awareness, distress tolerance, and acceptance. She lives in New York City.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By LadyInRead on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Being the mom of a little diva myself - luckily a knight in disguise - I always worry about the `princess' effect on girls of any age. I necessarily do not consider the princess syndrome evil, but like the author, do feel a major need to balance the princess effect with other down-to-earth measures. Finding this point of view in the introduction, I was all too ready to dive into the book to figure out how to help myself help my little ones grow into strong, independent, self-reliant, beautiful-inside-and-out individuals! I am glad to say this book is perfect for this.
I love the ideas she imparts that we can use at any age - some of them are here:
* using `wish lists' (add items to a wish-list and set a waiting period for them, revisit - you might find you do not want/need it anymore, else, figure out what needs to be done to get it)
* reinforces the idea of parents being role-models with lots of surprising places where we fail (for example, how many times do you ask them to respond to you immediately or soon, no matter what they are doing, after trying to teach them perseverance? I am guilty)
Each chapter is organized clearly:
* Main idea of chapter - the `Princess' Symptom problem and the `Heroine' Value to instill.
* A brief overview of the chapter
* The `Princess' Symptom - the whys, hows and whats
* Steps and ideas to overcome/work on avoiding the Princess Symptom
* The `Heroine' Value - the whys, hows and whats
* Steps and ideas to instill these characters that make up the value
* Age-Appropriate solutions for the `Princess' Symptom (Ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-8) - though this part only addresses these age-groups, these can be applied across ages.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a father of two girls I am always looking for advice on how best to help my girls live well adjusted lives and I was amazed to find that this book has so much within it to help all of us who are Dads of Divas. With the world being what it is these days I am always concerned about my daughters' self esteem as well as what they see in the media as I know that for some girls the portrayal of women does not always provide for self-empowerment. This book addresses this and so many more issues in a way all can understand. I also have to say that I loved the fact that the writer knew her stuff. As someone who has been studying this for some time she provides down-to-earth examples and advice for all without coming across as preaching or as talking down to her audience. This was a great book that I would highly recommend to all!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gagliano VINE VOICE on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book for all care givers of girls. Mandatory read for all.

The 411: As the mom of a 6 year old spitfire and a Daisy leader to 10 girls I love reading books about creating balance and confidence in young girls. I worry about the preteens in my life who seem to be going through so much already. As a young girl, (and sometimes still do) confidence was something I completely lacked. There was no one protecting, monitoring or filtering out what I saw or heard. I see it now with so many of my female friends, family and more who ask young kids if they have a boyfriend, or girlfriend in school and the kids are only 4 - 12 years old. So many think it is cute when young children have a crush or wear "sexy" clothes. Personally I find it repulsive. When Goddess was a toddler and anyone said she was pretty, I would follow with she is smart too! Little girls grow up hearing things like "pretty, sexy, thin, etc" and these words sit with them and if they are not these things or if they are, they feel THIS is what matters. Dr. Hartstein's method doesn't have to be followed to a T but it is a great place to start.

Dr. Hartstein reminds us that raising a smart, strong, empowered girl starts with what she is learning at home. Check yourself and make sure you are sending the most positive message. Evaluate your own morals. Girls grow up way to fast.

I love the age appropriate break down in each section too. From ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 you can help your daughters create a strong sense of self which will enable them to make the right decisions that will help them the rest of their lives.

My hope for Goddess is that she keeps your spirit. She is funny and doesn't conform.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kwiemers on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The author makes a compelling argument on the harm of the princess culture on girls. She provides advice and tips for different ages. Some of the advice seems rather simple, but simple often works best. The advice also applies to mothers and adult women. I saw where some of my attitudes have been shaped by a princess culture that was not as strong as it is today. The book could use better organization. Descriptions of princess behavior and attitudes are immediately followed by advice and tips for countering it, so it is easy to miss all of the author's suggestions.
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