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Raising Girls: Why Girls Are Different--and How to Help Them Grow up Happy and Strong Paperback – January 1, 2006

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'Read it, even if you have boys.' Pru Goward, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Written in a conversational tone with a dynamic, easy-to-read design, RAISING GIRLS addresses the emotional, physical, and behavioral issues that are particular to daughters.

Parents learn how to help their daughters cope with fear, avoid social and academic stereotyping, counter the negative messages girls receive about their place in society, and foster self-reliance and self-esteem that will help them find positive relationships.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587612550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587612558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For as long as I can remember I have wanted a daughter. I strongly believe that raising young girls to be independent, confident, and emotionally healthy woman is an integral part in forming a better functioning society. The world is riddle with misogynist, patriarchal cultures that need a shot of girl power, and I don't mean the cute phrase tossed around my advertising companies, but a more serious socio-political idea that woman need to play a much larger role in the state of the world, if we have any chance of salvaging a deteriorating civilization.

As a middle school teacher, I am realizing that teachers play a colossal role in shaping not only how girls see themselves in an ever changing world, but we can help young boys break their culturally ingrained preconceptions of what it means to be female. But I am getting off topic, because while I may be able to inspire, teach, and help the girls in my class become more free thinking woman, I have the most influence on my own daughter. That is why I feel that reading up on as much literature as I can, will help me become a better dad.

Having said that all that, Raising Girls is a pretty common sense book. She is not really saying anything that most people don't already know. Her main point, a factor I feel is crucial no matter what the sex of a child, is that self-confidence is vital for developing healthy adults.

What was helpful to be about this book, was that she asks both parents to constantly examine their own values and ideas of what women should be like in society. From Barbie to Tom Boys, the author is continually asking parents to be aware of how society influences young girls, and she reminds us that we as parents are part of society as well, and thus must be aware of our own expectations for our daughters.
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This book is so general and basic, if you have the slightest awareness of phsychology and childhood then you could have written this book. Sections are short and light in value. Summary: daughters look to their mothers as a role model and fathers influence a daughter's future relationships.
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I did not get much from this book as the writer preferred to discuss possibilities and raise questions rather than share insights and useful information. As a parent, I was already thinking about my daughter and didn't need prodding with questions; I wanted answers. This book didn't really help.
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Was expecting more with a forward/recommendation by Biddulph (incidently a favorite author of mine as regards children). This wasn't anything I haven't seen or read before concerning the minds and patterns of girls (and I am a single dad- 2 strikes? lol). But it has some firm bedrock as far as understanding a little girl.
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