Parenting Great Girls: Giving Our Daughters the Courage to Live Authentic and Confident Lives

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In this engaging and aspirational book about raising confident and independent-minded adolescent girls, educator Jeannie Norris draws on her sixteen years of experience as head of an all-girls independent school to address the issues that challenge today s girls and their parents. With wit and insight she combines stories about her own Midwest upbringing, principles that governed her daily practice, and a discussion of a broad range of contemporary writing about girls and society. After each essay she includes tips and tactics, tried and tested in her work with many parents who were committed to their daughters healthy growth but often puzzled over what to do next. This is an important collection of ideas that are useful as we guide our daughters to be confident in who they are and to prepare to have influence in the world.

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With thirty-three years of experience in independent education for girls, including sixteen years as the head of Miss Hall s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Jeannie Norris is a respected leader and advocate in the area of all-girls education. She speaks and writes extensively about the education and parenting of girls, the role of women in philanthropy, and the effective management of independent schools. Norris grew up in Joplin, Missouri, where her parents raised her with the steadiness and confidence she espouses for today s parents. She and her husband, Peter, have between them four children and three grandchildren and make their home in North Carolina. She can be contacted at jeannienorris.com

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In the confusing whirl of messages coming at girls and their parents, Jeannie Norris's voice rings clear and true. Norris is a practical visionary who helps parents realize their hopes of raising strong girls and catalyzes girls' dreams of living powerful lives. In an age where parents often struggle to find a balance between being too permissive or over protective, Norris shows how to nurture girls' critically important capacity for self-reliance as they make the transition into young adulthood. Beautifully written and informed by the latest research on girls' development, this book is the steady, reassuring, smart companion that parents need beside them as their daughters stretch toward womanhood. --Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D., bestselling author of Mother Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women

I am a fan of Jeannie Norris as an outstanding leader in education for adolescent girls. She is wise and writes well. Her essays offer practical guidance and inspiration for parents, teachers and counselors. Most of all, I appreciate Norris's good-humored understated challenges and support for parents. Our current 'child-centered' style of parenting has shown itself to be wrong-headed in both subtle and obvious ways as our children grow up unprepared for the responsibilities of adult life. Norris's wise counsel is an excellent corrective. I highly recommend her work to anyone involved with the development of adolescent girls. --Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance

Jeannie Norris challenges our assumptions about educating girls. In crisp, incisive prose, and often drawing on insights from her own adolescence, Norris cuts through the mindless chatter of today s culture to celebrate the wonderfully complex process of becoming an authentic young woman. She shows us that growth is about choices, that our role as parents is to encourage our daughters to believe they can make their own choices, and that with love and support, they usually make the right ones. --David Cudaback, editor and father of an authentic and confident young woman

I am a fan of Jeannie Norris as an outstanding leader in education for adolescent girls. She is wise and writes well. Her essays offer practical guidance and inspiration for parents, teachers and counselors. Most of all, I appreciate Norris's good-humored understated challenges and support for parents. Our current 'child-centered' style of parenting has shown itself to be wrong-headed in both subtle and obvious ways as our children grow up unprepared for the responsibilities of adult life. Norris's wise counsel is an excellent corrective. I highly recommend her work to anyone involved with the development of adolescent girls. --Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., author of The Self-Esteem Trap: Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids in an Age of Self-Importance

Jeannie Norris challenges our assumptions about educating girls. In crisp, incisive prose, and often drawing on insights from her own adolescence, Norris cuts through the mindless chatter of today s culture to celebrate the wonderfully complex process of becoming an authentic young woman. She shows us that growth is about choices, that our role as parents is to encourage our daughters to believe they can make their own choices, and that with love and support, they usually make the right ones. --David Cudaback, editor and father of an authentic and confident young woman

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