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Growing strong daughters : encouraging girls to become all they're meant to be
McMinn, Lisa Graham, 1958-
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
239 pages ; 23 cm
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BV4529 .M387 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Today women enjoy more opportunities than in any previous century. Yet they are still pressured to be beautiful, thin, and sexy. In this sort of environment, our daughters get mixed messages about what a strong woman really is. How can we work to create a social environment that nurtures strong, confident girls? This helpful book is filled with strategies and personal insights to guide you in growing a strong, capable daughter. McMinn discusses topics such as how you can teach your daughter to: be confident as well as interdependent, feel confident in her ability to think and speak for herself, have a healthy perspective toward her body and sexuality, develop strong relationships with boys, both parents, and a future mate. McMinn thoughtfully examines these issues, reminding us of our God-given responsibilities to "grow" the next generation of women. Her personal insight, life experience, and careful research combine to make this book helpful for all who are involved in raising and nurturing girls - whether parents, teachers, church leaders, or civic communities. This revised edition includes a new preface, study questions, and updated studies, illustrations, and concepts. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Lisa Graham McMinn is associate professor of sociology at George Fox University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Preface to Second Editionp. 11
Introductionp. 13
1 The Strength of an Imagep. 17
2 Masculinity and Femininity: Origins and Implicationsp. 33
3 Daughters and Confidencep. 51
4 Dependence, Independence, and Interdependencep. 77
5 Daughters and Voicep. 93
6 Physical Essencep. 109
7 Sexual Essencep. 127
8 Males as Friends, More than Friends, and Husbandsp. 149
9 Fathers and Daughtersp. 169
10 Mothers and Daughtersp. 185
Epiloguep. 199
Notesp. 201