Raising Girls  -     By: Melissa Trevathan, Sissy Goff
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Raising Girls

Zondervan / 2007 / Paperback

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She's growing up so fast and you want to be the loving parent she needs---so discover what makes your daughter "tick"! Adolescent counselors Trevathan and Goff provide insight into developmental stages from infancy through age 19; communication tips, wisdom on dealing with s elf-destructive behaviors like eating disorders, cutting, and alcohol abuse; and more. 192 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0310272890
ISBN-13: 9780310272892
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Publisher's Description

“My six-year-old fusses with her hair for hours. Is this normal?” “Yesterday my seventh grader was all sunshine. Today she’s wearing black and won’t leave her room.” “I’m worried my teenager may have an eating disorder.” In today’s complex world, parenting a girl is harder than ever. It takes more than love. It takes insight into the things that make your daughter tick as she grows from childhood to young adulthood. Drawing on the authors’ fifty-plus years of combined counseling experience, Raising Girls takes you inside the mind and soul of your girl. You’ll obtain seasoned, expert insights on • Your daughter’s different stages of development from ages zero to nineteen • How you can effectively relate to her at each stage • What is normal behavior, what isn’t, and when and how to intervene • How to deal with self-destructive behavior such as eating disorders, cutting, or experimentation with alcohol • … and much more Spiced with stories, humor, and much reassurance, Raising Girls will help you encourage your daughter, challenge her, love her, and help her discover who God is creating her to be.

Author Bio

Melissa Trevathan has been a youth director, a teacher, a retreat leader, and is now the founder and executive director of Daystar Counseling Ministries in Nashville. She's worked with kids, teenagers, and adults for over 40 years. She's been a guest on TV and radio programs in the US and Canada, and cowrote two other books with Sissy Goff. When she isn't counseling, writing, or teaching seminars, she hangs out with her old English sheepdog, Molasses. Sissy Goff has been the director of child and adolescent counseling at Daystar since 1993. She's been a guest on TV and radio programs across the US and Canada and speaks at churches, schools, youth conventions, and parenting seminars. She's written for CCM magazine and cowrote two other books with Melissa Trevathan. Sissy lives in Nashville with her little Maltese, Noel.

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Would recommend to every mom with daughters...
    November 18, 2010
    Gabrielle Robles
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think that this was a practical, Christian and insightful book from two counselors. This was written by those folks that we as parents could one day turn to in person to ask for help. This book takes many of their insights and we as mothers get to become better mothers to our daughters.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 21, 2007
    Hopeful Mom
    As a mother of a girl, I have found great information, perspective, wisdom, and a healthy dose of hope in this warmly written book on raising a girl. I've read many parenting books in recent years and this one offers a few things many don't. First, it gives insight into how well documented stages of development play into a girl's spiritual development - how girls understand and receive God in each developmental stage. This has helped me as a Christian mom understand my daughter's relationship with God better and know how I can encourage her to grow in it. Secondly, Raising Girls is full of hope and perspective. As parents, we hear plenty about the dangers and pitfalls facing our girls and those are certainly real. These authors seem to be saying, while all that is out there, God is bigger. They point the reader to God and the hope He offers by giving us a new perspective on our day-in-day-out interactions with our daughters. They give a glimpse of how all we are and have and will experience with our girls can work together for a very hopeful future. This has helped me to panic less! Lastly, it is just fun to read. Reading Raising Girls is like visiting with a great friend who encourages and challenges and tells some really great stories too. It certainly fits the reader who "reads to know they are not alone" -especially when it comes to parenting a daughter of any age! In Raising Girls, you'll find a friend.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Sissy Goff
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: October 21, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Hi! My name is Sissy Goff and I am the co-author for Raising Girls with Melissa Trevathan. Melissa and I are both counselors in Nashville, TN at a wonderful place called Daystar Counseling Ministries. It's a little yellow house with a big front porch where hurting kids and families come to receive counseling and find hope. Our staff includes seven full-time counselors, one development director, an art teacher, two office managers, and two full-time dogs--Molasses, an Old English Sheepdog and Noel, a fifteen year-old blind Maltese.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Raising Girls was born out of many conversations we've had with parents over the years...parents who are wondering what is going on with their girls and how they can help.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  What we really hope folks will gain is...hope. Parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs any one will ever hold. It is also one of the most confusing. The way you parent one child may not work with another. Plus, we are in a culture that is changing continually, and the issues facing girls seem to be getting more complicated, as well. What we both want is to come alongside parents...to laugh together, talk, share stories, and hopefully gain a little insight into who God is creating each of their girls to be.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I would say we both learned a lot in this process. Taking a deeper look into the lives of girls made us look a little deeper into our lives as girls...growing up. We both laughed a lot as we remembered our narcissistic years (11-14) and were reminded of God's faithfulness to us both through each of our being raised!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Wow...we both love to read, so we have a lot. Eugene Peterson, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen, Frederick Buechner, Elizabeth Goudge, Larry Crabb, Dan Allender, Walter Wangerin, CS Lewis, George MacDonald, Bob Benson, Brennan Manning...maybe that's enough for now!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  We just are so grateful to be in this place where we're able to sit each day hearing the hearts and struggles of girls and their families. Raising Girls is our way of wanting to help more families than we're able to touch in our little yellow house in Nashville...to share what we're learning and hearing to parents everywhere about how God is faithfully at work growing and redeeming the lives of our girls--and those of us who are raising them.

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