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Boy Crazy

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

I’m only part way through this book, but what a great resource if you’re parenting a girl going through early adolescence! Going well beyond the usual hormonal changes, the authors explain the phases of romance, and what they mean to a young girl. They explain how in their view the adolescent experience has changed since that of their parents, and some of the implications. There’s useful advice on when and when not to involve yourself in your daughter’s life.
The authors assume for some reason that the reader is a mother, but the book works fine for Dads. It’ll be easier for Moms to connect to their daughters through their own experiences, which the authors encourage.

A couple of traps (in my opinion!) to watch out for: the book is inconsistent in differentiating between behaviour and the individual, sometimes unfortunately lapsing into labelling. And the authors seem to have a Chicken Little approach to life: that society has become more toxic and damaging. In my opinion, despite the obvious drawbacks of increased drug use and other areas of decay, society has improved for children in leaps and bounds. I would much rather be bringing up a child now than in the suppressed world of the fifties, or even the eighties.
So, like any book, if I pick and choose what works for me, there’s lots of good stuff here. It’s easy to read, and well-organized. Available at Amazon.com. Authors: Charlene Giannetti and Margaret Sagarese.

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