- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Conari Press; Reprint edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573241547
- ISBN-13: 978-1573241540
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem: An Indespensable Guide for Parents, Teachers & Other Concerned Caregivers Paperback – June 1, 1999
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Anyone familiar with parenting books and magazines is aware that there has been a lot of buzz about research suggesting that self-confidence wanes in preadolescent girls. After watching his own daughter, "a tough little amazing wonderkid at the age of five," suddenly and completely "lose her moorings" by 12, Glennon began doing some research himself. The end result is this book, which resembles Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in its accessibility, brief entries and sincere tone. Glennon offers 200 short reflections on topics ranging from how parents can become good role models to talking about emotions and providing experiences for self-discovery and success. Following each essay are several exercises to put theory into practiceAdirected toward parents and teachers. At its best, the book nudges readers to talk about some things that may not have occurred to them, such as what advertising tells young girls and how to recognize sexual harassment. Many ideas, however, are obvious and impart simple bumper-sticker adages ("make the expression of love a daily habit," "celebrate milestones" and the woolly "invite her feelings into your world"). While Glennon can be preachy and repetitious (100 ways would have been sufficient), his heartfelt, helpful advice rings clear. (June)
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About the Author
Will Glennon is the author of 200 Ways to Raise a Boy's Emotional Intelligence, 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem, and an editor of the bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series. He is a regular columnist for Daughters newsletter and sits on the Board of Advisors for Dads & Daughters, a national parenting organization. The father of two children, a son and a daughter, Glennon lives in Berkeley, California.
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This book probably is useful to parents or caregivers who need to review or talk about these items. For parents or caregivers to a child with moderate academic, social, or emotional problems, however, this book is insufficient. Readers should turn to books by Myrna Shure, Martin Seligman, and others.
This book matches a similar book for boys, from the same publisher, 200 Ways to Raise a Boy's Emotional Intelligence. Why is it that we think of self-esteem for girls and emotional intelligence for boys?
In a time when eating disorders are rampant among young girls, with the age of onset decreasing steadily, the issue of self-esteem is more important than ever. Will Glennon writes candidly of logical, caring and fun ways to communicate with a young girl that help her discover and appreciate her own true value.
The process begin, of course, with the adult valuing her.
The title alone is a gift to adults and children because it raises consciousness in the mind of adult caretakers that encouraging the development of self esteem in a girl is part of the caretaker's job.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about a girl: parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors and relatives. I recommend it to adults as a resource they can use to help themselves and each other.
The exercises can relate to people of all ages. People of all ages need the sturdiness that comes with healthy and substantial self-esteem. It's the best prevention for many psychological difficulties, particularly eating disorders.
Joanna Poppink, MFT
eating disorder recovery specialist for adults
private psychotherapy in Los Angeles, CA
Common sense collection with helpful tips
I like that there are suggestions for both parents and teachers
Best feature: Each of the 200 "ways" has a short action step individualized for both parents and teachers. Makes implementation of the ideas much easier.
Pet peeve: No index....aarggh!