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The Wonder of Girls: Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters Paperback – February 18, 2003
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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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Through research, memories, poems, letters, family moments & professional cases Michael Gurian sets out to inform us Why Girls Are the Way They Are. In his simple, direct & pleasant way he starts at the beginning of the search for A New Logic of Girls' Lives. He presents precisely & calmly that it is time for Feminists to grow up & become Womanists.
As an erstwhile rabid Feminist, I have long since outgrown its angst. In Looking Beyond Feminism: Old Myths and New Theories, Michael Gurian catches up to me & explains how Feminism might now be what's keeping us back. Biology, Feminist ideals notwithstanding, still rules supreme & if we don't know how we work, then we don't know why we're doing what we're doing.
One vital passage: Girls' Stress Responses needs to be read by everyone: "When a child is under inordinate stress for a prolonged period...her brain development will definitely be affected. She will be "rewired" neurologically...The stress hormone, cortisol,(as well as adrenal and other "lower" brain functions) have dominated brain growth...and this affects normal brain growth patterns." Why then, are we surprised by the depression in all our early adolescent girls?
In Part II: What Girls Need, we explore The Artful Mother: What Girls Need from Mom.Read more ›
The author addresses the emotional, social and physical needs of daughters and gives readers a better understanding of how to fulfill those needs. There are a few apsects of the book, however, not all parents may agree with, particularly when Guirian suggests parents should prepare their daughters for "the sacrifices of motherhood." While it is true that mothers often put their children's needs before there own, I am not sure they consider this role in terms of a "sacrifice". That statement conjures up visions of mother being martyrs, and few mothers actually think of themselves in that light. Most mature and responsible parents would consider the time, energy and financial resources it takes to raise a child, a small price to pay in return for the blessings and joy of having a child, regardless of the challenges that come with parenting.
The book does make some very valid points, and whether one agrees entirely with the author or not, the book is worth reading and, on the biological side at least, it is quite informative.
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I picked up this book when I opened it at random to a page suggesting that sometimes when my daughters tell me how horrible they may actually expressing how horrible they feel... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melanie K.
We all need to know more about our kids! This book helps a lot!Published 6 months ago by Dwight Bennett
This book is amazing. I chose to read it for class but I think it is a useful tool a part from the academic arena. The book gives biological and social information about girls. Read morePublished 13 months ago by music lover
Love this book...especially the developmental biology parts! Heard him speak and he was great. When I was reading it about teenage girls and problems because of hormones, my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kat Sal
I really liked this book. It really reminded me of when I was a girl - how I felt, how I communicated, what I would've liked from my family and friends. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Garza
Excellent book full of researched facts by the author. Every parent should take the time to read this book. Thumbs up.Published on May 27, 2014 by Djk
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 on April 15, 2013 by ALEJANDRO MORELOS