SOCIAL SCIENCES

Raising a Strong Daughter in a Toxic Culture: 11 Steps To Keep Her Happy, Healthy, and Safe

Regnery. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781621575030. $24.99. CHILD REARING
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Meeker (Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters) cites her years at a residential home for teens where she noticed the healing power of adult attention. The author believes that most self-destructive behaviors are actually attention-seeking, and that parents are meant to be the force guiding daughters through the disappointments and struggles of life. Meeker believes every daughter wants to give love, form strong attachments, nurture others, and be loved herself. She explores each of these topics with specific guidance for moms and dads. Taking control of screen time, body image, developing a healthy sexuality, and helping your child forge strong friendships are among the main topics Meeker covers. In a final chapter, Meeker explores how to encourage your child in a growing faith.
VERDICT Evidence based and filled with practical strategies, this volume will provide valuable ideas for most parents, although Meeker’s faith-based viewpoints may be a limiting factor for some.

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