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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Aug. 20 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786886579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786886579
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 12.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia E. Crone on Aug. 4 2002
Format: Hardcover
Those of us who are parents/relatives, educators, or mentors of girls have become increasingly aware of the difficulties that young women face as they mature from the stage of irrepressible confidence to the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood. And while girls do walk a constant balance beam, tilting back and forth between doing and being too much or too little, the adults in their lives are right there behind them--wondering whether they should under-react or over-react. But one thing is certain--they are reacting, often out of panic or the need to control the uncontrollable!
JoAnn Deak is there on the balance beam with us all. Thanks to her experience in schools and expertise as a counselor, she presents comprehensible insights regarding physical and psychological issues, along with memorable anecdotes and solid advice to help us approach the complexities rationally. When we have finished reading, we know more about the girls and how best to support them. And we also understand more about ourselves.
I've been waiting for such a book for a long time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CAZ PETRIE on April 4 2012
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Having attended a seminar by the author I can say that her presentation of the research and the facts is outstanding. It was as a result of hearing her speak that I purchased the book. It is well worth it. It increases knowledge and thus enhances understanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland on July 31 2002
Format: Hardcover
Enlightening, provocative and powerful, this is perhaps the most useful book on raising daughters that I have ever read. In the book Deak covers the problems, confusion, motivations and fears that are all a normal part of growing up female. But more than just noting that they exist and their basis, she also provides practical advice on how to deal with the problems in a proactive and productive manner.
The book follows the expected logical pattern of moving from the basics of perspective through the normal growing up process. First are the formative years, then preadolescent, then adolescent years. Of special interest, she includes chapters on the special relationship between daughters and their mother as well as one on the relationship between daughters and their father and one of dealing with the normal fears and worries of being parents. Each chapter has comments from girls at that age or referring to the subject of the chapter as well as the defining or "crucible" events that occur during that age or relationship.
If there were one book that I would recommend to anyone raising a girl in today's world, this would be the one that I would recommend. It stands like a lighthouse warning parents of dangerous shoals and how to avoid them as well as offering guidance on how to help their daughters negotiate dangerous waters and come out safe. This book truly lives up to the title and empowers parents with the tools to mold young girls into confident, courageous and well-adjusted adult women.
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Great book, lots of great information. This world is harder on girls than ever before in so many different ways. It's nice to have a little help with that.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa K. Morgan Long on April 5 2010
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Girls will be Girls was recommended to me by my twelve and a half year old daughter's advisor from her all-girls school. My husband and I both read it and found it thoroughly helpful. We have two children, our neurotypical daughter (for those of you who are not in the autism community, that means "not autistic") and our 9 year old son who is on the autism spectrum. Up until this year, our daughter was always the easy child while our son, well, that's another story ..., but this year, our son has really come along now that he is going to an awesome school for kids on the autism spectrum, while our daughter ... well, let's just say that I often wait for her head to spin around! The hormones, the mood swings ... omg! But seriously, Dr. Deeks really understands girls and their developmental stages, and her book really helped my husband and I develop a parenting style that is really helped us deal more effectively with our daughter. First comes understanding ... understanding why she is acting so irrationally ... it is really not about the paint colour that I chose for her room ... it's really about her having control of her own destiny and making her own choices. Once we understand the developmental phase and her needs, it is much easier to parent appropriately ... and with our new approach, we are seeing the 22 year old more than the 2 year old. Dr. Deeks's book was also very interesting as my husband and I both picked up on the issue with me and my own mother in the chapter on enmeshment and daughters who end up being "pleasers". It was really shocking to see such an accurate depiction of myself and why conflict-avoidance behaviour had to go. I also really liked the way Dr. Deeks gives suggestions at the end of each chapter. This one is a keeper and one I will surely review every so often ...
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