Book Mother Successful Daughter

How to Mother (Father) Successful Daughter by Nicky Marone

Book Review by Jan Wilson

How to Mother or Father a Successful Daughter:
A practical guide to empowering girls from birth to eighteen
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by Nicky Marone

Taking daughters from birth to grown is an awesome task. And no matter how well you have done in the younger years, puberty is a time of peril for daughters.

Nicky Marone, author of two books,  How to Mother a Successful Daughter and How to Father a Successful Daughter points out that the media has revealed the alarming lack of resilience, optimism, and self-efficacy in most young girls, especially when they reach adolescence. Parents are looking for the right tools to help their daughters develop attitudes and behaviors that will allow them to thrive.

Taking daughters from birth to grown is an awesome task. And no matter how well you have done in the younger years, puberty is a time of peril for daughters.

One reason for this is the myth of romance in which our daughters live and the confusing messages that come with changing sex roles. We can’t change this but we can make girls aware of the forces acting on them and help them understand that they must keep their options open to avoid being oppressed by these lingering historical realities.


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In her teen years, your daughter will find it quite a challenge not to adopt the feminine traits of deferential, decorative, and attractive that society pushes. Yet your want her to stay mastery-oriented and remain her own person.

Second, the demands of the culture of romance–its deeply held beliefs and expectations, the realities of the sexual marketplace, and a girl’s new acquired sexual currency–will become the greatest obstacle to both her mastery behavior and her self-esteem.

Marone takes you through the culture of romance, its history, meaning, and promise of happily-ever-after, while helping you to understand the effect it has on your daughter’s self-esteem and desire for mastery. After all, society is saying that just being able to attract a "good" man (simple at this age) guarantees affluence and happiness. Why bother with all the hardships and difficulties that are inherent in achievement when all girls need is the love of a good man?

This is an excellent book from beginning to end. Marone will surely open your eyes to the affects society and your viewpoints can have on your daughter.

The book is full of practical, what-to-say advice that assists girls in becoming persistent and self-confident adult women.

Book Review by Jan Wilson: Copyright © 1999 CyberParent. All rights reserved


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