Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women
This book tells it like it should be and informs parents of the dangers or raising a girl in today's world. Also very encouraging to parents as to the God ordained authority we should be confident to walk in.
September 6, 2013
Bringing Up Girls
James Dobson released Bringing Up Boys in 2001. That year we added a fourth daughter to our family. I remember thinking "What about those of us with girls?" I have enjoyed reading about raising children and parenting since the birth of our first daughter. By the time Bringing Up Girls was released, we were ever deeper in the girl pool, having added another daughter to the mix. When I saw Bringing Up Girls being offered to review from The Tyndale Blog Network I was excited.
After I started reading Bringing Up Girls, my excitement quickly disappeared. It wasn't keeping my interest. I tried several times to finish it but never did. The book is filled with statistics, there were a lot to take in. The fact that girls need their fathers as a positive, Christian role model in their lives is really emphasize, which I agree with one hundred percent.
I can't say exactly why I could not get into this book. One thought is that while I'm not a parenting expert, I am an experienced parent when it comes to raising girls. I think this book would be good for expecting parents or first time parents of girls. James Dobson shows the reader the importance of raising children in a Biblical and Godly manner.
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
November 19, 2012
Full of Resources for Parents Raising Daughters
I have long respected Dr. Dobson for his wisdom and knowledge concerning the well-being of families. I've admired his writings and ministry since before I was ever married or had my own children. He is a resource I always turn to when concerned with any aspect of marriage, parenting or family matters.
Many years ago, I purchased Bringing Up Boys. I had two of my own and one step-son at the time. I now have three of my own, and my step-son is grown and on his own. I loved the book and the insight into the world of boys.
When I was offered the opportunity to review Bringing Up Girls, I couldn't pass it up. Out of the five children I am raising, I've been blessed with one girl. In the sea of testosterone we live in, I wondered if I could successfully bring her up.
In Bringing Up Girls, Dr. Dobson addresses how to raise a lady, how to protect her from the men and the influences of this world, how to teach her to respect herself and what true beauty is. His advice is sound and biblical, and it is something I will apply every day as I teach Hannah how to become a woman of God.
I appreciate that Dr. Dobson includes multiple chapters that discuss the importance of a father in a girl's life. Mothers are important in teaching a girl how to become a woman, but daddies are important in teaching a girl how a man should treat her when she becomes that woman. Fathers don't need to be absent to be "absent." Girls are protected when their daddy pays attention and provides the nurture and affection she needs, so I am grateful that this aspect is included in Dr. Dobson's book.
Another aspect I love about Bringing Up Girls is the fact that Dr. Dobson uses interviews and articles and material from other resources. He doesn't just write the book himself; he includes the advice of others to reinforce what he advises. I love it when an author can recommend other resources, knowing that one person doesn't have all the answers. I appreciate this.
I highly recommend Bringing Up Girls for any parent who is leading a daughter into womanhood. It is a book that I will keep on my shelf until the day I can pass it on to one of my children as they raise their own daughters.
October 23, 2012
Girls, girls, girls....I have two of them and let me tell you, they are not easy. They cry about anything, everything, and sometimes nothing at all. They are super emotional, unlike myself. What a blessing their daddy is at times like these.
After I had my son, we got the book Bringing Up Boys, and I can't tell you how much help that book was. After my girls I remember asking God in passing why we didn't have one for girls. NOW WE DO!
This book started off with how the media, fashion, and toy industries are ruining the innocence of our daughters at such a young age. Just look at the dolls they have for girls these days. Half clothed Barbies and life size matching ones for our very own girls. Thanks, but I'll pass!
"Girls not only possess a compassionate and gentle spirit, but they can also be catty, rebellious, and downright brutal to their peers." Oh yes, I have experienced this with both of my girls. Not so much with their peers outside of our home, but very much so towards each other. They are 3 and 4 years old so they battle over everything some days. Then we have those days when they are best friends, giving hugs and kisses, and sharing with one another.
This book covers great topics such as girls and their mothers, fathers and daughters, their obsession with beauty, and many more.
Dr. James Dobson has done it again!
I received this book from Tyndale for my honest review.
August 31, 2012