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on 10 February 2013
I didn't want to be, but I was disappointed.
I'd listened to a review on BBC R4 and Steve came over as, well, nice but a bit idealistic. So what about the book?
Well, it's nice, but only realistic as far as a balanced, fairly well-to-do, grounded family goes.
So why did I buy it?
Well, I really agreed with him about the way that girls are 'sexualised' by media and business. (My Little Pony, anyone?)
Well, this book has much reinforcing of parental anxieties and daughters' uncertainties, and charming anecdotes, and maybe things down under are more laid back than in the Northern Hemisphere, but there was, for me, little sustenance for parents beset by stroppy, aggressive daughters !
It comes across as a book for parents who are, actually, doing more or less OK, but need some encouragement.
If things are tough for you and her at the moment, though, I think you'll feel pretty depressed!
(Also, it is geared v-e-r-y much to the two parent family....)
For me, this was a tough critique of my own childhood, but a poor roadmap for my daughter's future.