When Tyndale Publishers gave me the chance to preview Bringing up Girls by Dr. James Dobson, I was thrilled. It is a book I have been looking forward to reading. I had gleaned so much from his book Bringing up Boys, I knew I would truly learn from Bringing up Girls.
As I read this book, I did learn, not as much as I had anticipated, but maybe because I have gleaned some of the information from other sources, a “hazard” when your a life learner! In this book Dr. Dobson covers subjects ranging from, Girls in Peril (ch. 2), to Teaching Girls to Be Ladies (ch. 5), to Why Daddies Matter (ch. 9). It is full of useful information regarding how to help our daughters be what God created them to be. Also it helps parents to see how our culture is changing how our girls act, respond and what they believe.
One of the topics in this book focuses on how our society has shaped many young girls thoughts on how they should act and what they should wear, this is already knew, but I was astounded by this statistic:
The American Psychological Association (APA) warns that sexualizing children leads to three of the most common mental health problems among girls and women: eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression. Does the APA really have to convince moms and dads that making their six-year-olds into sexpots is just plain stupid?
The unanswered question at this point is, “Where are the parents?” Five-year-old girls certainly can’t buy thongs or jewel-encrusted underwear or dolls that look like little prostitutes. Their parents have to be forking over the cash. Sales receipts from a few years back indicated that parents spent $1.6 million on thong underwear for their seven to twelve-year-old daughters.(pg.10)
WHAT! This shocked me! Thong underwear for little girls. What is wrong with people.
Anyway, this book is a great resource for parents raising daughters. I would recommend it to each one of you.