Gurian emphatically agrees with Deborah Sichel's (Women's Moods) idea of "A woman's biology is the cornerstone of her mental health." He elaborates on this theory throughout his discussion on the physical changes in childhood and adolescence. This concept certainly holds some validity, but there's a fine line from here to "biology is destiny." Some readers may find Gurian crosses that line with his claims of "brain pruning" and insistence about hormones: "they don't just change a girl into a woman, they are, to a great extent, the woman herself."
Others find his recommendations on hormonal treatments to be a literal lifesaver, and the book is peppered with positive anecdotes from his own life and families encountered in his training sessions. Important issues like self-esteem, eating disorders, and sexual experimentation are all addressed, along with the role of the father and "the absolute sanctity of motherhood." Gurian offers a somewhat narrow path as a guide through your daughter's adolescence, but if nothing else, this book will provide a solid background in the physical aspects of her growth. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Excellent book full of researched facts by the author. Every parent should take the time to read this book. Thumbs up.Published 6 months ago by Daniel J. Kummer
I admire Michael Gurian who with the knowledge and wisdom on this practical book make us understand the "hidden nature of our daughters" in a language that we the average... Read morePublished 20 months ago by ALEJANDRO MORELOS
I really am impressed and moved after reading this book. I not only read it, I study it, use it as a reference guide on bringing up my girls. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Edwin Otero
The concept of the biological differences affecting the nature of my daughters is one I did not really think about. Read morePublished 23 months ago by T. Boyd
Michael Gurian, previously the author of three generally outstanding books about boys as well as co-author of the invaluable "Boys and Girls Learn Differently! Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by J. Steven Svoboda
I am not a scientist or psychologist but Michael Gurian's presentation of biological differences between males and females makes total sense to me. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Bill Branley
I received this book back when it was first published in paperback. I picked it up the other day to look up some information on girls and their development. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by radical-book-reader
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The Wonder of Girls is not a book I planned on reading, but one that I'm glad I did. Read more