How To Mother A Successful Daughter

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Girls today grow up in a culture saturated with violence, sexual images, and female-toxic messages. Many girls struggle to maintain self-esteem. Faced with unprecedented challenges and choices, they experience a dramatic loss of confidence, often preceding a drop in achievement and aspirations.

How to Mother a Successful Daughter comes to the rescue of modern mothers wishing to prevent or reverse the negative effects that contemporary culture has on girls. Packed with practical ...

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Overview

Girls today grow up in a culture saturated with violence, sexual images, and female-toxic messages. Many girls struggle to maintain self-esteem. Faced with unprecedented challenges and choices, they experience a dramatic loss of confidence, often preceding a drop in achievement and aspirations.

How to Mother a Successful Daughter comes to the rescue of modern mothers wishing to prevent or reverse the negative effects that contemporary culture has on girls. Packed with practical insights and what-to-say-when advice, this book will not only give you a fresh and smart approach to raising resilient, self-confident daughters, but inspire and uplift you as well.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In addressing the question of how mothers can help their daughters shape successful futures, lecturer and workshop leader Marone (How to Father a Successful Daughter) draws heavily from recent research indicating that girls' self-esteem tends to plummet during adolescence. Happily, she takes the topic a step further, discussing what mothers can do to counteract the many cultural messages that belittle girls. Her premisethat mothers can be positive role models by exhibiting and helping their daughters to develop mastery skillsis sound, and her definition of "success" is flexible and undogmatic, based upon individual goals. She urges mothers to examine their own traits of "learned helplessness" and to set about becoming positive role model/mentors. While much of Marone's advice is savvy and useful, some suggestions may require special sensitivity to a child's current attachments, e.g., criticizing Barbie or poking fun at the romance novels that may absorb an adolescent. Still, many of her ideas, such as encouraging girls in math and science, learning new skills together such as in-line skating or playing backgammon, and keeping fathers involved in girls' lives, though not new, will be useful for mothers grappling with the problems of raising girls in today's world. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Psychologist and family columnist Bassoff (Between Mothers and Sons, LJ 9/1/94) centers on treasuring our daughters for whom they are. She offers advice and wisdom on the many facets of parenting a daughter, including issues of respect, support, pressure, nurturing, and wholeness. She argues that infants and mothers need to be together, that even the most devoted mothers are imperfect, and that simple kindness can do wonders. Her writing is full of anecdotes, stories, folklore, and literary references, making for easy, uplifting, and yes-I-can reading. Marone (How To Father a Successful Daughter, LJ 10/15/87) is a bit more learned and a little less warm and fuzzy than Bassoff. She argues that we have led ourselves down the wrong road by promoting self-esteem at all costs. Instead, our daughters must be taught to be mastery-oriented. Marone gives specifics on how to control media hype (e.g., exposure to Donna Reed-like moms) and how to deal with cultural stereotypes (e.g., Barbie) in a positive way. She rails against using constant praise with daughters, who need to feel capable and confident without superficial pats on the back. This book is more age-specific than the first, dealing with preschool girls through upper teens, and uses solid research to back the ideas presented. Both books are worthwhile additions to public libraries, though smaller collections that can afford only one book should choose Marone.Linda Beck, Indian Valley P.L., Telford, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595378180
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 1/23/2006
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicky Marone is an international lecturer, workshop leader, and authority on female achievement. She holds an M.A. in educational psychology. The author of How to Father a Successful Daughter, Women & Risk, and What's Stopping You?, she has been featured in many publications and on television and radio shows and is the creator of the Girls Empowerment Program for the YWCA of Boulder, Colorado, and on the Advisory Board to the Colorado State University Institute for Women and Leadership.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Achievement Behavior: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? 3
Ch. 2 The Learning Paradox: Mastery or Helplessness? 21
Ch. 3 Causes and Effects 42
Ch. 4 Mothers as Role Models 65
Ch. 5 Mothers as Mentors 93
Ch. 6 But I Acted Like Such a Girl: Seven Strategies for Combating Stereotypes 127
Ch. 7 Mastering the Media: Ten Strategies for Media Resistance 152
Ch. 8 Not for Boys Only: Ten Strategies for Developing the Thinking Skills of Mastery 175
Ch. 9 Looking After Herself: Six Strategies for Keeping Her Safe 200
Ch. 10 The Peril of Puberty: The Promise of Romance 215
Ch. 11 Mastery Revisited: The Older Teenager 247
Notes 263
Suggested Reading 273
Index 275
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