Steve Biddulph’s Raising Boys was a global phenomenon. The first book in a generation to look at boys’ specific needs – parents loved its clarity and warm insights into their sons’ inner world. But today, things have changed.
There has been a sudden and universal deterioration in girls’ mental health, starting in primary school and devastating the teen years. Raising Girls is both a guidebook and a call-to-arms for parents. The five key stages of girlhood are laid out so that you know exactly what matters at which age, and how to build strength and connectedness into your daughter from infancy onwards. Raising Girls is both fierce and tender in its mission. It’s a book for parents who love their daughters deeply, whether they are newborns, teenagers, young women – or anywhere in between. At last, there is a clear map of girls’ minds that accepts no limitations, narrow roles or selling-out of your daughter’s potential or uniqueness.
Raising Girls explores how to help your daughter feel secure, become an explorer, get along with others, find her soul, and become a woman. All the hazards are signposted – bullying, eating disorders, body image and depression, social media harms and helps – as are concrete and simple measures for both mums and dads to help raise a daughter to be strong, wise and able to stand up for herself and others. Parenthood is restored to an exciting journey, not one worry after another.
Along with his fellow psychologists worldwide, Steve is angry at the exploitation and harm being done to girls today. With Raising Girls, he strives to spark a movement to end the trashing of girlhood and equip parents to deal with the modern world. Raising Girls is powerful, practical and positive, and parents will be strengthened by its message.
Steve Biddulph, AM, is one of the world’s best known parent educators. A psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including Raising Boys, Raising Girls, Ten Things Girls Need Most and The New Manhood, are in four million homes and 31 languages around the world. Steve’s work has influenced the way we look at childhood, the development of boys and men, the exploitation of girls and the misuse of young women globally.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia (January 2, 2013)
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