For the parents: Read our review of Raising Girls Who Like Themselves by Kasey Edwards and Dr Christopher Scanlon

For the parents: Read our review of Raising Girls Who Like Themselves by Kasey Edwards and Dr Christopher Scanlon

“There is no single right way to raise a daughter. Families are different, children are different, and our capacity to parent the way we want to varies enormously from one day to the next.”

Free of parental guilt and grounded in research, Raising Girls Who Like Themselves is imbued with the warmth and wit of a mum and dad who are in the same parenting trenches as you, fighting for their daughters’ futures. Packed with practical, evidence-based advice, it is the indispensable guide to raising a girl who is happy and confident in herself.

The book places a strong emphasis on equality. Authors Kasey Edwards and Dr Christopher Scanlon use terminology inclusive to heterosexual parents, same-sex parents, non-binary children, and more.

Before tackling how to raise children, the book hones in on the baggage parents may carry.  Edwards and Scanlon ask, did you make your own relationship choices? Were your educational and career decisions made to please your own parents? Do you really ‘just want your child to be happy’? These questions are food for thought, preparing you for the guidance ahead.

There are seven qualities that enable girls to thrive and arm themselves against a world that tells them they are flawed:

  1. A girl who likes herself has a power perspective
  2. A girl who likes herself has body confidence
  3. A girl who likes herself owns her body
  4. A girl who likes herself is calm
  5. A girl who likes herself is independent and masterful
  6. A girl who likes herself has strong relationships
  7. A girl who likes herself is herself

This list of characteristics forms the chapter titles of the book. Each chapter explores why each quality is important, what you can do to instil them within your daughter, and the obstacles that you may need to tackle. Filled with chapter recaps, personal anecdotes, and quizzes strategically integrated, this book is designed to help you process, learn and incorporate these techniques in the way you parent.

As a daughter and one of four sisters myself, I recognise how crucial a guide like this can be. There have always been influences that can shatter a girl’s self-esteem and confidence. With social media and images of perfection consuming us daily, it’s imperative that, now more than ever, girls grow up liking themselves. I’ll certainly be passing on this guide to my sisters and their husbands so my four nieces can conquer the world and love who they are.

Publisher details

Raising Girls Who Like Themselves
Authors
Christopher Scanlon, Kasey Edwards
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Non Fiction
Released
02 February, 2021

Synopsis

The seven qualities that enable girls to thrive in a world that tells them they are flawed. When you raise a girl who likes herself, everything else follows. She will strive for excellence because she has faith in her ability to achieve it and the confidence to pick herself up. She will nurture her physical and mental health because it's natural to care for something you love. She will insist on healthy relationships because she believes she deserves nothing less. She will be joyful and secure, knowing that her greatest friend and most capable ally is herself. Raising Girls Who Like Themselves details the seven qualities that enable girls to thrive and arm themselves against a world that tells them they are flawed. Packed with practical, evidence-based advice, it is the indispensable guide to raising a girl who is happy and confident in herself. Free of parental guilt and grounded in research, Raising Girls Who Like Themselves is imbued with the warmth and wit of a mum and dad who are in the same parenting trenches as you, fighting for their daughters’ futures.
Christopher Scanlon
About the author

Christopher Scanlon

Christopher Scanlon is a writer, essayist and academic. His work has appeared in The AgeThe Sydney Morning HeraldThe AustralianThe ConversationThe Monthly and Overland. He edited Arena Magazine for ten years. He co-wrote the young-adult fantasy series 'The Chess Raven Chronicles' with his wife Kasey Edwards under the pen-name Violet Grace. Christopher has a PhD in politics from Monash University and teaches in the Communications program at Deakin University.

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Kasey Edwards
About the author

Kasey Edwards

Kasey Edwards is a leading Australian columnist and bestselling author of eight books, including Thirty Something and Over It. She mixes humour, heart and credible research to write about issues such as raising children, work satisfaction, motherhood and body image. She has a wide readership, with an audience of over 10 million worldwide, and is a passionate champion for girls and women.

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