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Raising Girls Paperback – May 13, 2007
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Sissy Goff has been the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar since 1993. She's been a guest on TV and radio programs across the US and Canada and speaks at churches, schools, youth conventions, and parenting seminars. She's written for CCM magazine and cowrote two other books with Melissa Trevathan. Sissy lives in Nashville with her little Maltese, Noel.
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Secondly, Raising Girls is full of hope and perspective. As parents, we hear plenty about the dangers and pitfalls facing our girls and those are certainly real. These authors seem to be saying, while all that is out there, God is bigger. They point the reader to God and the hope He offers by giving us a new perspective on our day-in-day-out interactions with our daughters. They give a glimpse of how all we are and have and will experience with our girls can work together for a very hopeful future. This has helped me to panic less!
Lastly, it is just fun to read. Reading Raising Girls is like visiting with a great friend who encourages and challenges and tells some really great stories too. It certainly fits the reader who "reads to know they are not alone" -especially when it comes to parenting a daughter of any age! In Raising Girls, you'll find a friend.
When I started reading this book, I was surprised and glad to see what a Christian focus it took - there was no trying to be sly about Christianity in this book. But, I was dismayed when I read that book authors were older women who were counselors and yet had never been married and never had children. I wondered how I could take their advice seriously, when I would be able to write off everything they said with the old, "Well, they've never lived this out. and they don't know what it's really like outside of the clinical environment." However, I came to repent of that attitude as I realised that they actually had an objective voice (or voices) that I did respect. Moms can tend to view, or skew things in a way that is biased by their own experiences; but these women didn't have that at all.
That being said, I think overall it was a helpful book - but a lot lighter fare than "Wild Things: the Art of Nurturing Boys". Although the authors spoke more about being a Christian parent; they also tended to tell a lot of stories and spend time on what I might call "fluff".
It does go into all the relationships in a girls life: her and her mother, her and her father, her and her siblings, her and her grandparents, etc.. And I think the descriptions of the different developmental stages were pretty accurate. So, the book does get my recommendation - just be aware that there is some "fluff" and that the authors are not parents.
As I saw in another review someone negatively pointed out that they were not mothers or wives themselves, show how would they know anything about it??? Well, I am a personal testament to these two ladies teachings... Sissy was my counselor as an adolescent, and I am here to tell you she knows her stuff... While these two ladies are not mothers, they interact with girls on a daily basis-- they have gone on journeys with girls and have worked closely with them for years...
Well worth the time, money, and read!!!!
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This book helped me become a better parent so much so that I bought a few for friends.Published 1 month ago by Liz
Good book for reading. I have a young daughter and I thought there would be more I could learn, but I feel with her under 5, I couldn't really get as much as I wanted from the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by KDA
Easy book to read and understand - I like the case studies so you can relate the cases to real life.Published on June 4, 2013 by Leissa Sarten
I had thought this book was an objective piece and did not realise the heavily Christian content until after I had purchased it. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Marcia Harkins
I'm not done with the book but I recommend it to anyone who is raising girls. I have a 6yo and a 3yo.Published on December 25, 2012 by Laura Steenhagen