Strong, Smart, and Bold: Empowering Girls for Life (Foreword by Jane Fonda)

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The pressures a girl experiences growing up today are more intense than ever before. There are gender stereotypes to buck, narrow expectations to contend with, conflicting messages to make sense of. A girl is told that it's important to excel in school and pursue a career, but that she should also keep her voice down, watch her weight, and make sure that everyone else around her is happy.

Strong, Smart, and Bold shows you how to raise a confident, courageous, and self-sufficient girl. Based on the successful approach of Girls Inc., the nation's leading empowerment organization for girls, this book offers proven techniques and compelling success stories to bring out a girl's spirit as early as possible and to give her the self-assurance she needs to thrive in an increasingly complex and pressured world.

Encourage your young woman to find her voice, speak up, and be heard with Strong, Smart, and Bold.

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Numerous books are available that discuss statistics on the changes young women go through between ages 8 and 14. New educational programs and new opportunities for girls in sports are just a couple of positive changes that have resulted from such titles as Reviving Ophelia and In a Different Voice. If you're wondering how to put these theories into practice, Strong, Smart, and Bold is the book you're looking for; here you'll find a wealth of specific suggestions based around "The Girls' Bill of Rights". Start with evaluating what chores your daughter is responsible for around the home--do they fall under traditional "female" responsibilities like doing the dishes, cooking, and laundry? It may be time to turn the tables and get her started on chopping wood, mowing the lawn, or computer hardware installation. One practical idea is sponsoring a "Girls Under the Hood" program for your daughter and her friends--shouldn't every driver know how to check tire pressure, change the oil, and refill the fluids? Some suggestions are more about opening up communication, and use open-ended questions like "When do you feel safe?" and "How do you feel about your looks?" There are also many opportunities for mothers to ask similar questions of themselves--do you remember what strange fashions your friends liked when you were a teen? These may be some of the most important questions in the book, as according to nationally sponsored essay contests, "99 percent of girls chose their mother as the person they admire most in their lives because of the advice they've been given by her." --Jill Lightner

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Carla Fine is the author of five books, including No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One and Married to Medicine: An Intimate Portrait of Doctors' Wives. She lives in New York City with her husband, Allen Oster, and their two Labrador retrievers, Sancho and Rosie.

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