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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 1st edition (April 6 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414301278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301273
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You've got daughters? Then you've got questions. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of girls have a lot on their minds: Are girls really fundamentally different from boys? If so, should they be treated differently?Whoever said that girls are "sugar and spice and everything nice" never met my teenager. What can I do? My adolescent daughter seems to be on an emotional roller coaster. One minute she's giddy with excitement; the next she's moody and withdrawn. Is this normal? As a mom, I so badly want to be "best friends" with my daughter. Why isn't it working out the way I dreamed? How does a dad's role in his daughter's life influence her character and decisions--including her eventual choice of a husband? How can grandparents contribute to raising a healthy granddaughter? What's the best way to educate girls? How are girls affected when their parents divorce? What should we be doing to shape the next generation of women? In "Bringing Up Girls, " Dr. James Dobson, America's foremost authority on parenting, tackles these and many other questions, offering wisdom and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.JAMES C. DOBSON, Ph.D., has devoted his career to helping children and families. A licensed psychologist and a marriage, family, and child counselor, he served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in child development from the University of Southern California. Heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family, Dr. Dobson served on the task force that summarized the White House Conferences on Families and received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He has also served on the Attorney General's Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health and Human Services' Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and the Commission on Child and Family Welfare.

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You've got daughters? Then you've got questions. Parents, teachers, and others involved in shaping the character of girls have a lot on their minds: Are girls really fundamentally different from boys? If so, should they be treated differently?Whoever said that girls are "sugar and spice and everything nice" never met my teenager. What can I do? My adolescent daughter seems to be on an emotional roller coaster. One minute she's giddy with excitement; the next she's moody and withdrawn. Is this normal? As a mom, I so badly want to be "best friends" with my daughter. Why isn't it working out the way I dreamed? How does a dad's role in his daughter's life influence her character and decisions--including her eventual choice of a husband? How can grandparents contribute to raising a healthy granddaughter? What's the best way to educate girls? How are girls affected when their parents divorce? What should we be doing to shape the next generation of women? In "Bringing Up Girls, " Dr. James Dobson, America's foremost authority on parenting, tackles these and many other questions, offering wisdom and encouragement based on a firm foundation of biblical principles.JAMES C. DOBSON, Ph.D., has devoted his career to helping children and families. A licensed psychologist and a marriage, family, and child counselor, he served on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Medicine for 14 years and on the attending staff of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in child development from the University of Southern California. Heavily involved in governmental activities related to the family, Dr. Dobson served on the task force that summarized the White House Conferences on Families and received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He has also served on the Attorney General's Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health and Human Services' Panel on Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and the Commission on Child and Family Welfare.The ultimate guide to raising our daughters right--from parenting expert and trusted family counselor Dr. James DobsonPeer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls today face--and the age at which they encounter them is getting younger and younger. As a parent, how are you guiding your daughter on her journey to womanhood? Are you equipping her to make wise choices? Whether she's still playing with dolls or in the midst of the often-turbulent teen years, is she truly secure in her identity as your valued and loved daughter? In "Bringing Up Girls, " widely acclaimed parenting expert Dr. James Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book to the bestselling "Bringing Up Boys." Based on the latest research, and handled with Dr. Dobson's trademark down-to-earth approach, "Bringing Up Girls" will help you face the challenges of raising your daughters to become strong, healthy, and confident women who excel in life.

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Format: Paperback
I initially enjoyed the book. The facts and statistics that Dr Dobson started out with were really interesting and contained a lot of information that I didn’t know about the development of babies in their mother’s wombs. It didn’t take long for the book to go downhill for me. I got bored quickly when he started quoting from his own books, other authors and radio shows. The information became things I’d seen or heard before.
Would I recommend this book to friends and family? Yeah, a lot of people would enjoy the content and learn how to raise their young girls by reading this book.
To conclude, I want to share with you something I found incredible about the human body from very early on in this book.
This is INCREDIBLE!!!

…(W)hat aspect of human nature drives behavior associated with masculinity and femininity? It begins at conception, when males and females start their developmental journeys down two very different paths. The juncture will affect the way they think, feel, and act for the rest of their lives. The brains of both sexes appear to be “female” until about the eighth week , when the male brain is washed by a huge surge of testosterone. It is then transformed radically and even takes on a different color.

This male sex hormone kills some of the communication cells, including a portion of the bundle of nerves called the corpus callosum. It is a rope of fibers that connects the right hemisphere, where emotion is processed, with the left, where language is focused Although the corpus callosum survives the testosterone bath, the male brain will never be able to “cross talk” as effectively thereafter, which has major implications for future masculine behavior. Testosterone also causes an increase in the volume of neurons and circuits located in the boys’ sex and aggression centers. Why does that surprise us? (pgs 28-29)
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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.
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When I found out that James Dobson was going to be releasing Bringing Up Girls, I immediately put it on my wish list for buying/reading. Then when I discovered I could review it through Tyndale Publishers Blog Network program I was thrilled! I immediately requested and was so glad I did.

Drawing from the phenomenal success of Bringing Up Boys, Dobson delves into the wonderful world of girls! What makes them tick, their greatest fears, why girls need their daddies, and so many other wonderful topics related to the raising of girls. I absolutely loved the fact that Dobson addressed the issue of girls and beauty, particularly how to help your daughter develop AND maintain a healthy body image, despite what society and the media want our girls to be.

He included a fair amount of information about the increase of bullying among girls and how to encourage a lifestyle of modesty (including the idea of a Purity Ball, which I love!).

There was also a ton of question and answers from real-life parents and I felt that all the responses were Biblically sound and very easy to follow. While there was not as much practical advice as I have read from Dobson in past works, my favorite part of the book was the emphasis on the male role, specifically the dad's, in the life of girls.

Many of the statistics that Dobson quotes throughout the book are very discouraging and paint a very sad picture of the world, but its reality. The future for girls (and boys!) is scary, but with the advice given by Dobson throughout this book, parents will be armed with the knowledge they need to raise wonderful, God-fearing girls!

While I do not always agree with everything that Dobson says with regards to discipline and parenting techniques, Bringing Up Girls was a thorough, well-written, and easy to read book that all parents of girls need to read!

I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up!
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