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Steve Biddulph's Raising Girls Paperback – 17 Jan 2013
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Praise for Steve Biddulph:
‘When you find a guru willing to change his mind when evidence and humanity prompt, you rejoice. For me, Steve Biddulph – one of the most popular [parenting gurus] in the world, with four million books sold – is the man.’
Libby Purves, The Times
‘Biddulph… has a built-in feel good factor. Parenting books too often make one fell inadequate, but Biddulph’s left me refreshed and optimistic.’
‘Steve’s advice is easy to follow – and more importantly, it works.’
BBC Family Life Magazine
Praise for Raising Boys:
‘Packed full of pithy wisdom on what it is to move from boyhood to manhood and how to help your (not-so) little one on his way.’
About the Author
Steve Biddulph is an internationally respected child psychologist and family therapist with an ever-increasing following. A world-renowned parenting author, his books include Manhood (Hawthorn Press, 1998), Raising Boys (1998), The Secret of Happy Children (1997) and More Secrets of Happy Children (1999), which are popular all over the world.
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I am not someone who reads a lot of self help books and I often find parenting manuals are talking basic common sense. However I think if you even take one thing away from a self help book that changes something for the better then that can only be a totally positive thing. After having written Raising Boys, Biddulph decided society was crying out for the equivalent manual for girls. As a mother of two daughters, the focus of his book is utterly relevant and something I am concerned about. Bringing up children in today’s society where mobile phones, iPads, TV are devices that children are used to and are frequently proficient with, means that as parents we have to be prepared for these devices to have a considerable impact on our children’s lives. My daughter’s obsession with how she looks without a doubt comes from TV. Even at such a young age, girls are influenced by the adverts in between Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. Beautiful girls advertising Lelli Kelly shoes, adverts for kids lip gloss, all play a part in influencing children.
A lot of the book would apply to parents of boys as well as girls. Biddulph encourages parents to find a child’s ‘spark.’ Something that ignites a child’s imagination. I think this is where it went wrong for me as a child. My ‘spark’ was Music. I went to a very academic, girl’s school where although Music was taught, there was no emphasis on performance. There was no choir, orchestra and Music was just theory. I completely lost my way and after missing a chunk of my Lower Sixth due to glandular fever, I was told that I needed to re-sit my year. The thought of doing this tipped me over the edge. Re-sitting a year in a school full of cliquey girls would have finished me off. I left the academic all-girls school and I achieved a Music Scholarship at a mixed sex school. I started to perform and the teachers found my ‘spark.’ I am now an professional opera singer in a chorus at a London opera company. I hate to think what my life would have been like if that ‘spark’ hadn’t been discovered.
Like the majority of people, I am busy. I am a mother to two girls, I have a full time job with often very anti-social hours, I also struggle with depression and I am very guilty of giving myself a hard time for not doing everything perfectly. This book made me slow down and stop. Spend time in the moment with my daughters. Dance in the kitchen, find the joy in being a mum. This isn’t time I am going to get back. Put my phone down, turn the TV off. Stop trying to multi task playing with the kids whilst simultaneously tidying the sitting room. Take some time and at least I will know I am giving the mothering all I’ve got.
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