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200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

by Will Glennon, Virginia Beane Rutter

Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Pages: 262
Paperback
ISBN: 9781573241540






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Overview of 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

Studies show that young girls often develop faster than their male counterparts, grasping concepts such as math and sports just as easily -- until they reach early adolescence. Then, girls quickly fall behind boys, victims to society's confusing dictates of what being female means. According to parenting expert Will Glennon, reinforcinga young girl's self-esteem through carefully considered "boosters" is the key to helping girls hold their own in the world.This guide helps parents and teachers understand the subtle difference between "boosters" and "busters." For example, complimenting a young woman on her appearance may give her the idea that she is valued only for her looks. In 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem, readers will find ways to impart a strong sense of self-worth to girls in everyday situations.

Synopsis of 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem

Studies show that young girls often develop faster than their male counterparts, grasping concepts such as math and sports just as easily -- until they reach early adolescence. Then, girls quickly fall behind boys, victims to society's confusing dictates of what being female means. According to parenting expert Will Glennon, reinforcing a young girl's self-esteem through carefully considered "boosters" is the key to helping girls hold their own in the world. This guide helps parents and teachers understand the subtle difference between "boosters" and "busters." For example, complimenting a young woman on her appearance may give her the idea that she is valued only for her looks. In 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem, readers will find ways to impart a strong sense of self-worth to girls in everyday situations.

Publishers Weekly

Anyone familiar with parenting books and magazines is aware that there has been a lot of buzz about research suggesting that self-confidence wanes in preadolescent girls. After watching his own daughter, "a tough little amazing wonderkid at the age of five," suddenly and completely "lose her moorings" by 12, Glennon began doing some research himself. The end result is this book, which resembles Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in its accessibility, brief entries and sincere tone. Glennon offers 200 short reflections on topics ranging from how parents can become good role models to talking about emotions and providing experiences for self-discovery and success. Following each essay are several exercises to put theory into practice--directed toward parents and teachers. At its best, the book nudges readers to talk about some things that may not have occurred to them, such as what advertising tells young girls and how to recognize sexual harassment. Many ideas, however, are obvious and impart simple bumper-sticker adages ("make the expression of love a daily habit," "celebrate milestones" and the woolly "invite her feelings into your world"). While Glennon can be preachy and repetitious (100 ways would have been sufficient), his heartfelt, helpful advice rings clear. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly

Anyone familiar with parenting books and magazines is aware that there has been a lot of buzz about research suggesting that self-confidence wanes in preadolescent girls. After watching his own daughter, "a tough little amazing wonderkid at the age of five," suddenly and completely "lose her moorings" by 12, Glennon began doing some research himself. The end result is this book, which resembles Richard Carlson's Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in its accessibility, brief entries and sincere tone. Glennon offers 200 short reflections on topics ranging from how parents can become good role models to talking about emotions and providing experiences for self-discovery and success. Following each essay are several exercises to put theory into practice--directed toward parents and teachers. At its best, the book nudges readers to talk about some things that may not have occurred to them, such as what advertising tells young girls and how to recognize sexual harassment. Many ideas, however, are obvious and impart simple bumper-sticker adages ("make the expression of love a daily habit," "celebrate milestones" and the woolly "invite her feelings into your world"). While Glennon can be preachy and repetitious (100 ways would have been sufficient), his heartfelt, helpful advice rings clear. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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