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Girls Will be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters [Hardcover]

JoAnn Deak , Teresa Barker
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2 Jan 2003
Following in the footsteps of Mary Pipher's groundbreaking Reviving Ophelia and Michael G. Thompson's Raising Cain, Deak here offers a comprehensive road map to the many emotional and physical challenges girls of all ages face in today's changing world. Bringing together stories and lessons from more than 20 years as a school psychologist, the latest brain research on girls, and the voices of girls themselves, this masterly book fulfils a desperate need for clear guiding principles to help mothers, fathers and daughters navigate this chaotic contemporary culture.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (2 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686768X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786867684
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,415,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful 11 Oct 2013
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The author speaks so much sense - this book has been a brilliant source of knowledge and guidance for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUGAR AND SPICE SOME TIMES! 20 Mar 2013
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Recommended by a frienD as I have a wife, four daughters and, to date, two grand daughters. I should have read it years ago. A really good guide for a man with two brothers and no sisters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, a authoritative reference 1 Aug 2002
By Harold McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Enlightening, provocative and powerful, this is perhaps the most useful book on raising daughters that I have ever read. In the book Deak covers the problems, confusion, motivations and fears that are all a normal part of growing up female. But more than just noting that they exist and their basis, she also provides practical advice on how to deal with the problems in a proactive and productive manner.
The book follows the expected logical pattern of moving from the basics of perspective through the normal growing up process. First are the formative years, then preadolescent, then adolescent years. Of special interest, she includes chapters on the special relationship between daughters and their mother as well as one on the relationship between daughters and their father and one of dealing with the normal fears and worries of being parents. Each chapter has comments from girls at that age or referring to the subject of the chapter as well as the defining or "crucible" events that occur during that age or relationship.
If there were one book that I would recommend to anyone raising a girl in today's world, this would be the one that I would recommend. It stands like a lighthouse warning parents of dangerous shoals and how to avoid them as well as offering guidance on how to help their daughters negotiate dangerous waters and come out safe. This book truly lives up to the title and empowers parents with the tools to mold young girls into confident, courageous and well-adjusted adult women.
31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally--Sensible Advice in Readable Form! 4 Aug 2002
By Patricia E. Crone - Published on Amazon.com
Those of us who are parents/relatives, educators, or mentors of girls have become increasingly aware of the difficulties that young women face as they mature from the stage of irrepressible confidence to the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood. And while girls do walk a constant balance beam, tilting back and forth between doing and being too much or too little, the adults in their lives are right there behind them--wondering whether they should under-react or over-react. But one thing is certain--they are reacting, often out of panic or the need to control the uncontrollable!
JoAnn Deak is there on the balance beam with us all. Thanks to her experience in schools and expertise as a counselor, she presents comprehensible insights regarding physical and psychological issues, along with memorable anecdotes and solid advice to help us approach the complexities rationally. When we have finished reading, we know more about the girls and how best to support them. And we also understand more about ourselves.
I've been waiting for such a book for a long time!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Go Girl! 6 Aug 2002
By Christine G Cox - Published on Amazon.com
I truly enjoyed this practical, funny, touching and true guide to parenting girls from a real expert. She really knows how to keep your attention with real stories and get her point across with humor and detail. We can all learn how to help our girls grow up to be the women we all wanted to be.
36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rambling, boring, and scientifically annoying 22 Aug 2010
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
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I am simply bewildered at the rave reviews this book has received. Perhaps Dr. Deak is a better speaker than writer, but I have found little useful in this book, and (as a biologist) am frankly annoyed at her ignorance about hormones, dendrites, and even attachment theory. It's just a rambling string of stories from her own childhood and experience as a school counselor, without any original insight for handling my daughters. It also really bugs me how she under-rates girls' math and physics abilities, saying "girls tend to like arithmetic more than mathematics"--whatever that means. I'll confess I'm only halfway through, but don't think I can stomach any more of the stereotyping, pointless anecdotes, and obvious parenting tips.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pearls of wisdom for parents of daughters! 22 July 2002
By MyParenTime.com - Published on Amazon.com
No matter how much you think your daughter will always tell you everything, think again. Even I can recall a few times while growing up, where I either kept something from my mother, or did something without her knowing. Even if you think you have a great relationship with your daughter, all you can do is teach her right from wrong and hope she follows through.
In the book, "Girls Will Be Girls," readers will find themselves absorbing so much information! If you have a daughter, you will get answers to some sticky situations, find solutions to some difficult problems, and learn how to learn more about your daughter and what she is going through in her life. Each chapter includes very helpful "Pearls for Parents and Pearls for Girls," which are truly great "pearls" of wisdom.
MyParenTime.com highly recommends the book, "Girls Will Be Girls" - it's a joy to read (not only if you have a daughter), informative, and will guide parents and their daughters on how to make the most of their relationship :).
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