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‘Maggie Dent is a national treasure.’
Tracey Spicer AM
‘…sage wisdom for parenting and supporting girls.’
Mona Delahooke PhD, bestselling author and pediatric psychologist
The early years of a little girl’s life will shape her future in powerful ways.
Maggie Dent, Australia’s queen of common-sense parenting, has investigated the development period from birth to age eight. Drawing on nearly 5,000 survey results, the latest research, and her own extensive experience as an educator, counsellor, facilitator, mum and grandmother, Maggie shows us how to help our girls build an emotional and psychological base for life. Secure foundations, Maggie argues, will help insulate our girls against anxiety and other mental health challenges as they grow into their teens and feel more capable and resilient while keeping their own authentic voice as they enter womanhood.
Written with all the rigour, compassion and humour we have come to expect from one of Australia’s best-loved parenting voices, this is both a deeply practical guide to raising girls birth-8, as well as a celebration and intimate meditation on the state of being female, which women of all ages will relate to.
MORE PRAISE FOR GIRLHOOD
“Maggie Dent’s brilliant new masterpiece is a symphony of thoughtful, practical ideas about raising girls to be strong, resilient women. Girlhood is a research-based, relationally-grounded book that provides sage wisdom for parenting and supporting girls. It provides essential insights that bring awareness to the invisible shackles still placed on girls in our society. Maggie Dent shows us how to use our relationships to nurture their inner strength and wisdom, guiding future generations towards a world that will be safer and healthier for all humans across gender identifications.”
– Mona Delahooke, PhD, author of Beyond Behaviors and Brain-Body Parenting
“Maggie does it again! Amid the confusing and often contradictory advice available to parents these days, Maggie Dent stands out as a voice of wisdom and compassion. She has a magical way of communicating her insights that not only enlightens but instills a sense of calm. This book is a must-read for parents who want to understand the myriad of issues our young daughters face and help them to flourish as confident, secure adults.”
– Janet Lansbury, bestselling author of No Bad Kids, host of Unruffled
“In this timely book, Maggie shares practical advice on friendships, technology, education and wellbeing, while encouraging parents to nurture confidence, spirit, and a sense of adventure in our girls. An invaluable guide!
– Susan Stiffelman, MFT, author of Parenting Without Power Struggles and Parenting With Presence
“I have long been a fan of Maggie Dent’s work and was excited that her latest book Girlhood is focused on girls 8 and under, an under-researched group. It is a timely response to parents’ concerns that their young daughters are pressured to be nice or good girls, or people pleasers who focus on how they look rather than who they are. She suggests that we raise girls to be happy, healthy and heard. It is a wondrous idea, the antithesis of my generation where girls were to be seen and not heard. The future is already looking better.”
– Wendy McCarthy AO, Life Fellow FAICD, mentor, speaker, writer, social activist, company advisor, patron, Sydney Women’s Fund, The Parenthood Director, FPIP
“This book magically weaves together the heart, the science, and the soul of who it is that girls are, and what it is to raise them. It is a must read for anyone who has a girl, was ever a girl, or is seeking to understand what it means for a girl to ‘become’ who she is meant to be. Maggie Dent is not only the Queen of Common Sense – she is the queen of heart-centred, data driven, soulular wisdom. This book will change the world.”
– Dr Vanessa Lapointe, registered psychologist, parenting educator and mom
Chapter 1 Mothering your Daughter
Chapter 2 First 1,000 days
Chapter 3 Supporting the growth of a fragile brain
Chapter 4 Celebrate their wonderful memory
Chapter 5 Her emotional world
Chapter 6 The influence of temperament
Chapter 7 The dandelion and orchid influence
Chapter 8 Introverts, extroverts and optimum attention
Chapter 9 Nurturing her gifts
Chapter 10 Sexualisation, body image and healthy self-esteem
Chapter 11 The incredible importance of play
Chapter 12 Why imagination matters
Chapter 13 Raising girls in a digital age
Chapter 14 Little girls’ friendships
Chapter 15 Nurturing her voice
Chapter 16 Building resilience, courage and ‘glimmers’
Chapter 17 Embracing neurodivergence – girls who see the world differently
Chapter 18 Transitioning to big school
Chapter 19 Daddies and aunties and little girls
Chapter 20 Nurturing her spirit