The Little Girl Book

The Little Girl Book

by David Laskin, Kathleen O. Laskin
     
 
Raising a daughter today can be more challenging and more rewarding than ever before. Parents want to encourage their daughters to take full advantage of the exciting range of new opportunities open to them in school, sports, and future careers, and at the same time acknowledge what is unique and feminine about them. THE LITTLE GIRL BOOK is the first book to guide

Overview

Raising a daughter today can be more challenging and more rewarding than ever before. Parents want to encourage their daughters to take full advantage of the exciting range of new opportunities open to them in school, sports, and future careers, and at the same time acknowledge what is unique and feminine about them. THE LITTLE GIRL BOOK is the first book to guide parents step-by-step through every period of your daughter's development from birth through the early school years. Organized chronologically, and filled with interviews with parents, teachers, and psychologists, THE LITTLE GIRL BOOK contains important research findings and practical advice on many critical concerns for parents of little girls, including:
* How to provide a non-sexist environment for your daughter
* The myths and facts about girls and aggressiveness, sociability, and intelligence
* Fostering independence and achievement without going overboard
* How to deal with battles over clothing, moodiness, separation anxiety, whining, fussing, and sibling rivalry
* Discovering Dad vs. Identifying with Mom
* Understanding how girls acquire a sense of themselves as female
* Do girls suffer more from math/science anxiety than boys?
* And more
Illuminating, informative, and thoroughly practical, THE LITTLE GIRL BOOK is a celebration of the diversity of today's little girls.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``If we believe in our daughters, they'll believe in themselves''113 is the optimistic prognosis of Laskin and O'Neill (an editor and a lawyer, respectively, as well as the parents of three young daughters). Specifically directed to parents of daughters from birth to age eight, their book offers guidance in raising female children in an increasingly stressful and complicated world. Although the authors acknowledge controversial studies that support ``biology as destiny''13 and posit innate gender differences, they suggest that such stances are often restrictive for girls, and emphasize throughout that daughters are individuals first, females second. Although Laskin and O'Neill attest that they have avoided a ``strident political'''xvi position, they do alert mothers and fathers to the social pitfalls awaiting their daughters--subtle but deeply entrenched sexism in elementary schools; teaching methods which reinforce the myth that girls do not perform well in math; and the disturbing specter of sexual abuse. In keeping with their gender-sensitive philosophy, the writers supply sensible advice, which ranges from suggestions on how to dress toddlers to how to determine the wisdom of your daughter's participation in mixed-sex sports. Upbeat in mood, entertaining in manner, The Little Girl Book should prove a sturdy resource. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345368027
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/24/1992
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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