Where Has My Little Girl Gone? Paperback – 20 May 2011
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"Tanith Carey swims against the tide in this brilliant "how to" book. She is not a lone voice - it's time we as parents stood up to the esteem-robbing barrage our daughters face. As a parent of three daughters I encourage all Mum's AND Dads to read this book." Carrie Grant, TV Presenter "Well-researched and sensitively written, this is both an important book - and a very useful tool for parents." Dr Linda Papadopoulos, author of Home Office Review on the Sexualization of Girls
About the Author
Tanith Carey is a parenting author and journalist who writes for a huge range of national newspapers and magazines. This is her fifth book.
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As a Professional Relationship and Sex Education Facilitator and Trainer of Children, Teenagers, Parents and Professionals I see day by day the effects that the cocktail of the net, pornography and consumerism is having on our Children. The majority of Parents and Carers are blissfully unaware ~ many falsely priding themselves in that they know nothing of the net and computers! I love Tanith's analogy that we are not protecting our children now in the way that in Victorian times it was considered ok to send them down the mines and up chimneys.
I have delivered Education for Relationships and Sex since pre-net times, questions we were asked then were so different and yet ironically so many are the same. There is so much confusion out there for girls (and boys), this book helps Parents and Carers begin to understand how so different it is for today's teenagers and how important it is to have and keep those conversations going. In class those who are able to talk to their Parents and Carers about sex are momentarily teased but then obviously envied, the Author is right again when she says that children pick up your body language so perceptively. Where Parents have shown embarrassment or any negative responses even unknowingly this seems to be the red light and children won't risk asking again.
Many Parents feel completely unprepared to discuss many things of a sexual nature with their children, I like the ways this book gives background, facts, slots it into a familiar context and then offers practical tips. I have a recommended reading list for the Parents I work with, this is definitely going on the list! 10/10
PS Does anyone know of an equivalent one for boys?
I loved the fact that Tanith Carey offers not only a detailed analysis of the problem and its underlying casuses but also a practical guide that every parent can use on a day-to-day basis. The book is packed with tips on how to guide girls through the formative 'tween' years covering subjects from school politics, to friendships and self-understanding. Tanith has done an amazing job of collecting vast amounts of information from parenting specialsits, psychologists and researchers to help understand the problem and its impact on our daughters.
Some of the facts are shocking, for example the reasoning of young girls to undergo plastic surgery procedures. But it just underlies the severity of the problem and the fact that we as parents can not afford to ignore it.
I found the book empowering especially in the part where it shows what every parent can do to stop marketers, media and companies from sending the wrong messages to our children. Padded bras for seven year olds? Pole dancing kits for kids? Thanks, but no thanks!
Early sexualization is a hotly debated topic and one that the Government is actively involved in. However, for me the main message of the book is that it's up to us parents, to look after our girls and help them deal with the pressures of growing up too fast. And this book show us how.
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I read this book on the basis of the glowing reviews. It does have some useful advice, so worth a read but ...I found this book rather repetitive and a bit preachy. Read morePublished on 27 May 2014 by MiniBird
Well written book, gives detailed insight into society at present. However also offers ways around this pollution by giving ways to protect our young girls. Read morePublished on 14 May 2013 by Shell
I bought this and read it from cover to cover, very informative with lots of good sound advice. Everyone should read it.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by Mrs D T Wellington
I enjoyed this book but it only clarified what I felt as a parent. It did offer some useful practical tips and resources available though.Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by Sheila Bottomley
Will read this book more than once. Made me realise what to expect in the next few years. Actions to take immediately and others to think about. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2013 by Peaky
Fantastic book, very thought provoking and plenty of ideas/tips. Written from a Christian perspective, but think it is a great book for non Christians parents to use as well. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2012 by Megep
THis is easily the best parenting book I have read - full of sensible, practical tips on how to protect our daughters (I have 3! Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2012 by F. Priestnall
I have a young grand-daughter and I feel that this book has given me a 'heads up' to help protect her from being forced to grow up too quickly. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2012 by camsmam
A very illuminating book that helped me acknowledge my daughter's emotions and feelings. It equipped me with the language to guide my daughter through playground behaviour and... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2012 by Baxter