When I was pregnant with my daughter I devoured every book available about pregnancy and motherhood. I’ve been a “learner” since the time I was old enough to read so my tendency is to dig up as much research on a topic that is important to my life and pour over it until I feel prepared.
As it turned out, no book could have prepared me for mothering a daughter, but a few of them did help make me feel more normal and calm some of my fears in those early years. Since then though, I’ve mostly been winging it with my girl, using a combination of gut instinct and lessons from my own mom to hopefully plant seeds that will help her navigate the world she lives in.
No matter how old she gets and how long I’ve been at this parenting gig, doing good work as a parent will always be a topic important to me, so I will continue to research it as long as my kids live and breathe. Therefore it was with some enthusiasm that I offered to review the book, Brave Girls: Raising Young Women with Passion and Purpose to Become Powerful Leaders, by Stacey Radin, PsyD.
The title of this book pretty much says what we all want, doesn’t it? I know I want to raise a girl with purpose and passion that will not only lead, but will follow her heart as well. This book full of vignettes and stories of real young women, peppered with Dr. Radin’s research on what works and doesn’t for girls. The combination of research knowledge and the voices of real girls in the trenches not only makes for fascinating information, but also for an easy, digestible read. Trust me, as someone who has spent the last three years immersed in textbooks and research papers, I need things to be digestible!
My girl is smack in the middle of middle school-that magic age where girls can explode into greatness or willow into timid self-doubters. I want to do everything in my power to arm my girl with the tools she needs for the former. Brave Girls is a book that has helped arm me with the tools I need to do just that.
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