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The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence Paperback – August 31, 2010
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The book is an exploration of the complicated messages girls are receiving from society, from their families, from their teachers and from their friends. To be a "good girl", we must honor others' feelings before our own, diminish our grievances to avoid conflicts, avoid confrontation so as not to seem mean spirited, and thus promote dishonesty with each other and with ourselves.
This of course, leads to a suffocating mix of avoidance and frustration in personal relationships, as well as in professional spheres. How many of us have trembled at the idea of saying "That's not right/fair" or "I'm worth more than that" at work? I know I have. Or in relationships, how many of us cry unabashedly at the first sign of a disagreement, thus negating any rationale resolution or productive further discussion?
This author works with girls in leadership workshops that help young women develop their voice and learn ways to communicate that voice more effectively. They learn to develop healthy egos that allow for open communication of their needs/desires/opinions/feelings within all relationships.
What an extraordinary concept! That our families of origin, even those who were nuturing, were also leading us to some pretty toxic behavior.Read more ›
Society provides confusing messages to girls. As young children girls they are fed fairy tales that teach complance and modesty. Then they are thrust into the working world as young adults that suddenly demands competence, confidence and assertiveness. It's a bit like the "double-bind" psychologists describe of contradictory messages. In a sense girls are forced to walk around with a big chunk of kryptonite that drains them of all power. (like Superman, remember?)
This books is a MUST for teachers and parents. It's about girls finding their "truth", the true voice , their life guide. This is a VITAL SUBJECT.
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Every parent raising a girl should read this. Very important information to know to raise strong young womenPublished 1 month ago by Nancy B. Berkson
Excellent book. Gives a good understanding of teen girl issues. Great tips on helping our girls bWish we had programs like this in Western Australia.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
oh goodness, we wouldn't want a girl to be nice polite, modest and selfless.
Well, actually I would. These are the very values that are LACKING in our society
I've read similar books before. It talks about an important topic, so the main thing bothered me was that it was overly simplistic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by HL
I really enjoyed how Simmons identified the Good Girl curse and then provided practical method for addressing the curse. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John W. Lanza
LOVED this book! In fact, I bought 2 more for some girlfriends. Highly recommend it for anyone with young daughters.Published 19 months ago by Sharleen
It's a good book, pointing out the bad effects the traditional "good girl" defnition has on a girl's development, either internally or professionally. Read morePublished on August 13, 2014 by jackie
Even without any children, this book was amazing. Major paradigm-shifter. I recommend it to every woman and the men in their lives. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Wamy
There is a lot of psychologist lingo in this book and it seemed very biased. I whole heartedly agree with the message of the book, which is that girls are doing too much and have... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by M. Barbera