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Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence Paperback – February 19, 2003
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Optimism, encouragement, and empathy fill every page of this thoughtfully compiled text. Whether they're unraveling a deceptively complex topic such as girls' friendships (from childhood "best friends" to teenage sexual partners), or reporting hard data on tough issues (chronic disorders, drug abuse, violence), Snyderman and Streep never buy in to "inevitable" scenarios. Rather, they offer practical methods to help mothers nurture a pattern of appropriate openness, trust, and respect with their maturing daughters. Excellent tools for assessing one's current perceptions, handling tough situations, and gracefully managing change add further substance to this marvelous resource. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The research compiled in this book is so thoroughly reviewed and explained by Snyderman and her coauthor, Streep, that the reader is left with a clear understanding of the critical issues we are facing. The writing is concise and conversational, with lots of anectdotal accounts from mothers included to illustrate the research results presented throughout the book. I would recommend this book for mothers of daughters as young as ten years old, as it has been useful in my relationship with my own ten year old daughter.
So with this bad attitude, I perservered. And after reading the book, I grudgingly agreed they had a point: you don't have to approach this phase as something to "get through," but as a period of self-reflection and growth for the mother as well as the daughter. They do a good job of explaining how to separate those issues and how what our mothers did influence us, whether by good example or bad. As the authors note, "[m]othering is not instinctual but an act of invention...[b]ecoming aware of who we are when we mother our adolexcent daughters is a step each of us must take, and will require that we look at how the ways we were mothered affect us now."
The research was very well explained--everything to why it seems that our daughters are stressed out over things that seem so trivial to us to the effects of lenghthened educational requirements. The authors deal specifically with issues that may cause special problems for teen girls: sexual identity, substance abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and abusive relationships. It would have been nice if they had addressed self-injury more, as it has become more epidemic among teenage girls, and only receives a one-sentence mention.
Overall, however, this is an excellent overview of the issues facing mothers of adolescent daughters, and deserves to be both read and reread.
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A great book. Incredible insights and advice to understand our teenage daughters and learn how to cultivate the best relationship to help them navigate these challenging years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. C. Hitt
This is a very informative book with first hand mother's experience and insights. It really brightened my view to nurturing my teenages... Descriptive and precise.Published 22 months ago by hellomaag
This book is surely worth buying !I was extremely impressed by the contents of the book.Iwill surely refer to this book a lot when my daughter who is only 8 now gets older. Read morePublished on June 11, 2002
I have had the book for several weeks and have been reading and studying it all that time. The ideas in the book are based on real life stories from many persons and on research... Read morePublished on February 22, 2002 by Lois A. Birr