SOCIAL SCIENCES

Parent Like It Matters: How To Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls

Ballantine. Mar. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9781984819628. $27. CHILD REARING
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Professor, scholar, and leader of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation SuperCamp for Girls, Johnson Dias’s goal is to show girls that their potential is greater than their personal circumstances. Parents are the chief resource in coaching daughters to dream big and live out their ambitions. The SuperCamp’s goal is to create a sense of adventure and persistent spirit in girls in an environment where they feel safe and secure. Understanding their family and culture gives adolescents a secure baseline to help them understand and appreciate their self-worth. To matter is a universal human need, and both parent and child benefit from the process and the outcome of raising girls who are critical thinkers and change-makers. While exploring some of the values taught at SuperCamp and how they can be applied in parenting, the author also includes assignments that build values such as make a mirror with your daughter that reflects her and cover the frame with adjectives that describe her; add a volunteering activity to your calendar each month (ideas provided); and make a profile list of the ideal friend.
VERDICT This recommended title has insights and practical tips for raising change-making girls.

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