10 Things Girls Need Most
$29.99 inc. GST
The author of the million-selling Raising Boys is now fighting for the mental health of our daughters.
“One in five teenage girls is on anxiety medication, and one in twelve will develop an eating disorder. Girls are having unhappy sexual experiences because of the miseducation of pornography. But even little girls are stressed and unhappy, worried about not being perfect performers at school or in the playground.”
“Sexist, abusive and toxic messages are everywhere in the media. The exploitation of girls and young women rockets through primary school and into the teens. But it’s in the younger years that we can make girls strong and free. 10 Things Girls Need Most outlines a radically different girlhood – more connection with nature, more time, peace, affection, and no pressure to start school young, to compete or worry about their looks or clothes.”
What are the ten things girls need most?
To be loved and secure
To have time to be a child, and a chance to be wild
To know how to make good friends
To find her spark in life
To have the love and respect of a dad (or a dad substitute)
To have backbone
To be part of the women’s movement
To have a happy sexuality
To enjoy the support of aunties, wise women and experience a rite of passage to womanhood.
Clear, hard hitting, but with plenty of answers, this new book plays an important part in the fight for happier childhoods that is raging internationally.
Steve Biddulph says:
“10 Things Girls Need Most is a revolution. For 40 years I’ve worked with parents in groups – and it is so much fun and so moving that I would love to do that with every parent in the world. But I can’t! So 10 Things Girls Need Most aims to be the next best thing. This is a special kind of book. You can read it straight through and get great ideas for raising your daughter. But it also offers something extra that can give you so much more. On many pages you will find opportunities to interact. These are very simple – just a list to tick, or a couple of questions to respond to. These interactive tasks immediately get you thinking about your own life, your family and, of course, your daughter. 10 Things Girls Need Most is a dual gift. It provides the very best information that we have about girls growing up today – and, alongside, are interactive tasks and self-exploration practices will help you to put that into practice.
The aim of this book is twofold. Firstly, to help you understand how daughters grow and thrive, and to be confident in raising your own. To lay down the foundations of good mental health early in your daughter’s life, and to keep her strong all the way through. And secondly, to enlist you in the new wave of feminism, fighting against a world that is so toxic to our kids.’
We have the potential to change the world our daughters face. Girls are being exploited. We need to challenge the companies worldwide that profit from making girls insecure and compliant through manipulative marketing.
This book helps parents understand how we can win back girlhood – happy, wild and free. It’s the core of individuality and self-belief – and is the new feminism that we want for our daughters.
It tackles the most important mental health risk in the world today – the harm that is being inflicted on girls and young women. The exploitation of it starts with babyhood and rockets through primary school and into the teens.”
Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known parent educators. A psychologist for 25 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. His books, including The Secret of Happy Children, Raising Boys, The New Manhood and Raising Girls are in four million homes and 31 languages.