FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Invites parents to rethink how they prepare their daughters to face these difficult developmental years. Provides a tested, six-step approach to engage, guide, and prepare preteens tor the challenges and changes of a new developmental stage.
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Maria Clark Fleshood is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist, Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist and a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. With a private practice in Virginia, she specializes in relationship therapy, helping parents and their adolescent daughters maintain meaningful and strong connections.
Dr. Fleshood has been a parenting specialist, working nationally and internationally with adolescent girls, for more than 30 years. Her academic, clinical, and educational work arises from her belief that a new cultural response is needed for girls to achieve a successful transition into adolescence. In From Tweens to Teens she offers parents the tools to implement such a response.
Dr. Fleshood has taught in universities and public schools, developed curricula for parenting adolescent females, facilitated workshops and parenting groups, spoken to youth programs, lectured to large groups on parenting female adolescents, and facilitated Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction clinics for girls. She was trained as a psychotherapist, educator, and theologian. Her multidiscipline approach brings unique insight to her writing and to her parenting approach. This work is informed by theory, neuroscience, behavioral science, and research.
Maria Fleshood lives with her family in central Virginia. She and her husband have four adult children and four granddaughters.Review:
From Tweens to Teens: Preparing Girls for Adolescence by Maria Clark Fleshood is a must-read book for all parents who want to understand and support their daughters' journey to finding their identity,strengths and potential. Inspiring and illuminating, Maria Fleshood s book teaches parents how to use rituals to gain self-efficacy and self-confidence as they move into adolescence. This book is a gift for the whole family and the culture at large.
Jette Simon, Clinical Psychologist (DK-Degree), Director of Washington, DC, Training Institute for Couples Therapy
Maria Fleshood gives her readers, both clinicians and parents of growing girls, some exceptional tools in her much-needed book. Touching both head and heart, she does so with the hands-on skills of a solid, experienced therapist. Her research into scholarly studies provides a sound theoretical basis for her direction. Her case studies show not only the effectiveness of the rituals but also her heart of compassion contained in this approach. She does all this without excessive sentimentality, although the reader may be moved to tears by a few of the cases. This guide is most timely for the current generation of parents and grandparents who want the best for their girls but who are overwhelmed by the technological world of today s kids and the seeming power those smart phones/social groups have. I recommend this book not only for therapists, parents, and grandparents but also the many others who are trying to be helpful to girls growing into adolescence in this world that has lost most of the transitional rituals of our ancestors in all cultures.
G. Keith Parker, PhD, Pastoral Counselor and Jungian Analyst
From Tweens to Teens: A Parent's Guide to Preparing Girls for Adolescence provides readers with insight and guidance in the creative use of shared rituals to support young girls through their developmental passages into healthy adolescence. A master therapist, Maria Clark Fleshood introduces readers to the wisdom of ritual in support of contemporary parenting. Her writing is scholarly, accessible and filled with the joy of life, making this a must-read.
Paula Ray, PsyD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Dr. Fleshood's book provides parents with the integrative information, framework, and tools they need to help their daughters develop a strong core of identity, have the courage to hold onto their values, and the fortitude to develop the inner resources they need to cope with life now and in the future. At some point, we know that we will have to trust our children to make the right choices in life on their own. Dr. Fleshood s book provides the guide parents need to prepare their daughters for when that day comes. It's a must read and an invaluable resource for parents raising girls.
Lisa Zoppetti, Ph.D Clinical Psychologist and mother of tween and teen girls--Endorsements
Through our work with Dr. Fleshood, we have established meaningful rituals that have marked significant transitional stages in our family s life. The outpouring of love and support demonstrated during these rituals has helped our family develop stronger relationships with one another.
Marc W. Flickinger, MD--Endorsements
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