Psychologist and physician Leonard Sax’s work with young people reveals that girls today have an incredibly brittle sense of self. Though they may look confident on the outside, teens and tweens are fragile inside, obsessed with grades, sports, networking sites, and appearances. They are confused about their sexual identity, as environmental toxins are accelerating physical maturity faster than their emotional maturity.
Now, Sax gives us the tools we need to help girls become independent and confident women. He provides parents with practical tips on everything from helping their daughters to make decisions to nurturing their spirits through female-centered activities to getting them involved in communities of female role models - which give young women pride and allow them to grow in a safe environment that nurtures curiosity and confidence.
©2010 Leonard Sax (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A MUST read.” (Margaret M. Ferrara, Ph.D., associate professor, University of Nevada, Reno)
Leonard Sax's "Girls on the Edge" is a follow-up to his book "Boys Adrift." Both are informative and address troubling factors influencing our youth. Essentially, Sax suggests that young women are being adversely affected by issues of sexual identity, the cyberbubble, obsessions, and environmental toxins. For me the chapter on the cyberbubble was the weakest and the section on environmental toxins the most informative. His discussion of puberty and age along with eating disorders were very enlightening. Positively, Sax reports the research and literature in a straightforward manner. Negatively, he makes no real suggestions concerning how parents can remedy the circumstances revealed. Otherwise, the writing is very good, the information is very approachable, and the narration of Pam Ward excellent.
This book is an invaluable resource that allows us to get a better look inside the lives of girls, teenagers, and young women. It helped me to reflect on my own life, as I was growing up, and process many experiences and points of view I developed now with new knowledge.
Leonard Sax clearly really cares about children, (and wants to them to grow up into happy and stable adults), to have done so much research to find out why they have the problems they do, and how to solve them. I think he has done a fantastic job of illuminating things that partly were taken for granted by society, and partly were not really known or understood. I'm very grateful to him for this effort.
This is a well-organized and insightful book
The author gives real examples with specific girls and their situations.
I do not believe I have listened to one of her performances before.
We need to help girls retain their childhood and not allow them to be rushed through it.
A Must Read for anyone raising daughters... gives a lot of insight. Wish I had read this while my daughters were young.
Well written, just like Why Gender Matters and Boys Adrift. Highly recommended reading for anyone with a daughter. However, the narrator was painful to listen to. I felt as if I was being lectured by school principal at times. Several times I actually had to turn this audio book off as her voice was like nails on a chalk board.
Women are now told we can do it all, and encouraged to do so.....but doing it all is not easy, and often causes a great deal of overwhelming anxiety. Doing it all, when you're a woman, also can include being the mother you always wanted to be, in addition to being the best at your chosen (choices unlimited) profession. This is not necessarily attainable...
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