Book Review- Bringing Up Girls

Leah Courtney
I Review For The Tyndale Blog Network

Several years ago I read Dr. Dobson's book Bringing Up Boys.  As the mother of a boy and the wife of a man who used to be a boy, I was thrilled to learn what made them tick.  So, I was very excited to have the chance to review Bringing Up Girls through the Tyndale Blog Network!

Dr. Dobson, in Bringing up Girls, first relates the physiological and psychological differences between boys and girls answering the question: "What makes girls unique?"  Everything he writes is well backed up with current research.  He goes on to talk about the importance of mothers and then fathers in a girl's life.  He broaches some discussion of discipline.  He looks at modesty and why this is such an issue with girls today.  He sites research related to our current culture and technological trends that affect girls particularly.  He attempts to give parents a better understanding of why their little girls (and big girls) are the way they are are and to equip parents to raise these girls to be the young women God wants them to be.

I was very impressed with Bringing Up Girls (as I was with Bringing up Boys).  I find the physiological differences between boys and girls very interesting- especially as our culture has tried for so long to tell us boys and girls really aren't all that different.  I think Dr. Dobson does an excellent job of bringing in a wide array of statistical research as well as writings from other learned people on the topic.  He also provides real life interviews with girls and parents to give practical examples.

Dr. Dobson is very opinionated about such issues as stay-at-home moms, abstinence, and modesty.  Some readers may not appreciate this "political incorrectness", but , as I happen to agree with most of what he says, I do appreciate his candidness.  I also appreciate the fact that he is willing to be counter-cultural to address some of these important truths that parents need to know.

I will definitely recommend Bringing Up Girls and plan to pass my copy on to other moms who are raising these young women of the future.

Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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