Book: Parenting Great Girls - Giving Our Daughters the Courage to Live Authentic and Confident Lives by Jeannie Norris
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Jeannie Norrisabout this book: Shortly before retiring as the head of a diverse, college preparatory school for girls in grades nine through twelve, I published a collection of my essays for parents, Parenting Great Girls: Giving Our Daughters the Courage to Live Authentic and Confident Lives.
I wrote the essays over a sixteen-year period, and during that time they reached an audience that extended far beyond the parent body of the school. In fact, the impetus for publishing was my learning that parents, alumnae, and grandparents were passing the essays along to friends and neighbors.
These are challenging times for parents as they attempt to provide opportunities for their children while maintaining demanding work schedules and dealing with the complexities of everyday life. The book has been popular with the audiences it has reached because it provides insight, guidance, encouragement, and humor, what many parents today need in order to sustain their effectiveness and maintain their parenting balance while raising an authentic and confident daughter.
There is no shortage of books available for parents and families in crisis. I believe, however, that most families are not in crisis but rather are looking for partnerships in and support for teaching their daughters how to have authentic and wholesome relationships and how to act from their core selves. Parents seeking to help their daughters stay true to themselves can feel isolated in the midst of a culture that surrounds girls with unhealthy messages about what they should do and say to be popular. Parenting Great Girls addresses these and many more issues directly and provides practical tips for parents.
Further, there has been much written in recent years about girls' success in school, and, indeed, girls do achieve academically. However, it is easy for girls to seek perfection rather than purpose and to forfeit the opportunities to move beyond achievement to developing the skills they need to have influence about what matters to them. Moreover, they become so focused on pleasing others and preserving relationships that they abandon themselves and their values in the process. Girls need parents who are aware of these issues and who have the skill to help them live lives of their own making. Parenting Great Girls provides parents with that insight and direction.
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