200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem: An Indespensable Guide for Parents, Teachers & Other Concerned Caregivers

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Conari Press, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 262 pages
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Arguing that girls need caring adults to teach, advise, and create rituals that help them negotiate the transition to a womanhood based on feminine values and that includes roles traditionally thought to be male, this book provides a practical guide for raising healthy girls and suggests exercises for parents and teachers. Chapter 1 maintains that a healthy self-esteem is the result of being raised, loved, and mentored well. Chapter 2 presents activities highlighting the role that communicating parental love plays in laying the groundwork for developing self- esteem. Chapter 3 contains suggestions for modeling the kinds of attitudes and behaviors that will impact daughters' identity positively. Chapter 4 presents activities or suggestions for using words carefully with regard to feelings, sexuality, appearance, and identity. Chapter 5 describes how actions send a more powerful message than words and presents suggestions related to body language, unconscious bias, friend choices, and self defense. Chapter 6 explores ways that parents and teachers can create situations that will provide girls with the experience of self-discovery and the experience of being capable. Chapter 7 discusses the importance of sincerity in words and actions, and includes suggestions for spending more time with daughters, teaching a healthy respect for things, avoiding backhanded compliments, and making growing up fun. Chapter 8 reflects on the ways parents and teachers are blessed by playing such an important role in their lives, and the responsibility that accompanies that gift. (Contains 47 references.) (KB)

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You Can Make a Difference
Loving Building the Foundation
Modeling Who You Are and What You Do Matter
Articulating Using the Power of Words
Showing Demonstrating Respect for Her
Healthy Risk Taking Creating Experiences to Help Her Spread Her Wings
Having Integrity Living and Teaching Values
The Honor of Stewardship
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Will Glennon is the author of 200 Ways to Raise a Boy's Emotional Intelligence, 200 Ways to Raise a Girl's Self-Esteem, and an editor of the bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series. He is a regular columnist for Daughters newsletter and sits on the Board of Advisors for Dads & Daughters, a national parenting organization. The father of two children, a son and a daughter, Glennon lives in Berkeley, California.

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