I recently read "Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women" by Dr. James Dobson. Dobson is the founder of Focus on the Family, has sole-authored over 25 books, and co-authored 5 others. I first heard of him upon the birth of my first child, and a friend was reading "Bringing Up Boys". Oh, how I wished there was a book called "Bringing Up Girls". I only had to wait 5 years.
"Bringing Up Girls" is broken down into 22 chapters that discuss all sorts of topics pertaining to girls: why girls are the way the are, the peril girls face, beauty, bullying, father-daughter realtionships, and more. Dobson has a pretty conservative stance in many areas, but what I liked about him was that he owned that stance and shrugged his shoulders in a way of saying "that's how I feel, you can take it or leave it".
Though much of what was written in "Bringing Up Girls" inspired me to want to sacrifice my time and my life to do the very best that I can to raise and support my daughter (and my sons), I found the book to have less practical advice than I had anticipated. Dobson is also so set on the importance of the father-daughter relationship (as he is the mother-son), that I often felt like this book should more be read by my husband.
I still definitely felt encouraged by this book and would recommend it to those raising girls.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.