When I heard the news that Dr. Dobson had written Bringing Up Girls I was anxious to get my hands on it. You see, not only do I have a desire to raise Godly girls, I am an information addict. 🙂
Let’s start back a little over a decade, and maybe this review will make a bit more sense. I began reading everything I could get my hands on about pregnancy and early childhood before I even became pregnant. Then, when I found out I was having a girl, the search began for gender specific information. When I realized she was hitting some developmental milestones quite early- I continued my quest. When my second daughter came along 3.5 years later, I refreshed my early childhood information and just kept right on reading.
When I found out I would be adding a boy to the mix 5.5 years later- I jumped tracks and started searching for boy stuff. Being very familiar with Dr. Dobson’s resources as well as Focus on the Family, I was thrilled to find his book Bringing Up Boys. I enjoyed the encouragement, and wondered at the time why there wasn’t one for girls. Fast forward about five and a half years, and here we are back to Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women.
My intial thoughts before receiving this book were:
Wonder if I really “need” this at this point? (My girls are 13 and 10)
Wonder if there is anything new here I’ve not considered or heard about?
Wonder how it compares to Bringing Up Boys and will it be redundant of much of his other writings?
When I received this book in the mail from Tyndale Blog Network for review, I must say I was excited to get started. Being familiar with Dr. Dobson’s style of mixing research, psychology, personal stories and letters, previous Focus on the Family Broadcasts and statistics, with current cultural influences and his good old fashioned Biblically based values, I kind of knew what to except in that respect. It definitely follows the flavor of the rest of his materials.
I already knew I’d be riding an emotional rollercoaster reading this book as it certainly paints an accurate picture of the society we live in today and it’s harsh influences on our girls. In a very predictable way, it covers the importance of a Father in his girls’ lives, general psychology as well as physiological development of girls, mothers and daughters, beauty and peer pressure, and many other topics making this a well rounded and thorough account of the developmental stages of girls.
There is some good support and advice here. I enjoyed the validation of information I have previously gleaned, and spending time focusing, again, on raising Godly woman.
So did this book have useful information for girls of all ages? Yes.
Was there anything new here? Well, maybe not really too much “new information” to add to the other resources I’ve read, but definitely worthwhile to consider the many different aspects of today’s influences on our girls.
So was it redundant, then, of other writings? While some of his other material was included and quoted, it was used appropriately and I didn’t feel it detracted from the subject at hand or the point he makes.
Would I recommend it to others who are bringing up girls? Yes. While there are many shocking and somewhat discouraging statistics included, I tend to use that to only bring home the point and necessity that we take seriously the job God has given us to raise the girls he has given us to be Godly woman.
*This complimentary book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review as a part of the Tyndale Blog Network program.