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Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice And Encouragement For Those Shaping The Next Generation Of Women

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2011 Retailers Choice Award winner!"Bringing Up Boys" by parenting expert and best-selling author Dr. James Dobson was, and continues to be, a runaway hit, selling more than 2 million copies to date. Now, Dr. Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book: "Bringing Up Girls." Based on extensive research, and handled with Dr. Dobson's trademark down-to-earth approac ...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2008)
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Skylar Burris
Despite its subtitle, this book has remarkably little practical advice to offer on raising girls and is considerably more discouraging than encouraging. "Bringing Up Girls" is primarily a social commentary on the decadence of modern society, the ill effects of feminism, and the challenges facing girls. As a social commentary, it profusely quotes other (often superior) social commentaries I have already read, including the writings of Wendy Shalit, Dr. Grossman, and Michelle Malkin. There is scar ...more
Becky Giovagnoni
I was very skeptical about this book from the start. I basically read it so I would be able to talk knowledgeably about why I disliked it. But what I discovered was that despite some major issues with Dr. Dobson's book, there are still a few parts that were so insightful I think they make it worth reading.

My main complaint about this book is that Dr. Dobson narrows down morality to whether or not a girl has premarital sex - if she does, she's immoral and if she doesn't she's moral. This, in my o
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Mandy J. Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

The title of this book pretty much sums up the overall point of this book - bringing up Girls. I, along with many other parents of girls, desire to know how best to raise our daughters, especially during those moments of drama, emotions, and crying that even us grown-up girls just don't "get".

Dr. Dobson presents the basic make-up of a girl both emotionally and physically which aids you in better understanding what girls are experiencing at the various stages they go through. Through ou
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Dana
I wanted to like this book a lot. But it fell short of my expectations. I do like Dobson and have participated in some of his child development/ discipline/ instructing children studies. The strength of the book is in the data and information about the cultural landscape our daughters face and how they can and will be affected by media, promiscuity, etc, but there is not a great deal of practical advice. More like "keep your eyes open" parents.

I prayed that God would show me what to glean from t
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Sally Stanfill
I loved this book. Some may consider it radical and caught in the olden days, but I think it is necessary and challenging and a call for us to take our role as parents seriously, recognizing the great privilege and responsibility that it is.
I pulled so many great things from this book and will be coming back to it as my daughter continues to get older.
Linda
I liked some of it. A lot of what I liked was quotes from other authors. I wish there was more meat, and not so much of "this is the world your girls are living in". I wanted more specific ideas on how to raise my daughters better than I already am. I didn't get a lot of that.
Pastoralmusings
James Dobson has certainly written a helpful book. Bringing Up Girls brings together the best of research concerning trends that affect girls today as well as timeless truth about the need for parent to be, well, parents to their girls.
As a father I was especially interested to read what Dobson had to say about the role of fathers in the raising of their girls. I was not disappointed, but was challenged to be a better father because of this book. Dads, we are needed in our homes and we are neede
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Kathleen
Jun 29, 2011 Kathleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone raising a girl
This is a very comprehensive book on raising Christian girls in today's world. Dr. Dobson addresses many issues, including teaching girls to be ladies, purity, how to protect our daughters from technology, and the importance of both mother and father to a girl. He cites a lot of research, gives anecdotal evidence, and quotes from other sources to support his ideas. This book gave me a lot to think about and things for my husband and I to discuss, once he reads it, pertaining to our own girls. I ...more
Colene Hardy
I'm a collector of parental literature. I love being a parent and I love the scientific method. There are answers to most of our problems in books, including those we run into with our babies. So I read multiple books and try multiple methods until I find something that works for me and for my daughters. This book, however, was God-awful (pun intended). Didn't finish it. So much of what he says annoys me. And his harping on sex, sex, sex is bothersome too. Super chauvinistic. I wish someone had ...more
Heidi
I wanted to like this book more than I did. I'm not a huge Dobson fan, for various reasons, but he's at his best when he sticks to child develoment issues. That is, after all, where he is educated and has his professional experience. The book is the strongest when it is giving the physiological background for why girls behave the way they do at different ages, and some of the tips on how to help your daughter through difficult transitions are very useful. It is, in a way, written more for dads t ...more
Diane
You know that question: If there is one person you could have coffee with - who would it be? My person would indubitably be Dr. James Dobson. I can't give Dobson enough praise for this highly insightful and brilliantly researched book. Childrearing is a daunting endeavor; however, with practical wisdom and a strong foundation in the Lord, it doesn't seem as overwhelming. I'm so very appreciative to Dobson for taking the time to write this book!
Tiffany Cusick
Some people thought that Dr. Dobson's format was not the greatest. I kind of wonder if these people have ever read a self-help book before, because his format (advice, stats, personal stories, etc.) was common for this type of book. My favorite part was the technology section. Thanks to him I now know about more options to protect my daughters from inappropriate footage on TV and in movies. Where was this technology when Twilight came out? Because my step-daugher is obsessed with it and it is VE ...more
Christina
Bah.... If you want to be terrified of our hypersexualized culture and what it means for girls, read this book. I felt like most of the book focused on what's between girls legs, than what was in her head and heart. If you missed sex-ed and need to be reaquainted with hormones and what happens during puberty, read this.

There were some good messages in here about the importance of a strong, loving, affectionate father - the impact he has on a developing girl. A good reminder for me on the import
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Tima
The premise for this book is explained in the title. It's a book about raising your daughter in a changing world. The world around us is becoming more addicting and dangerous for our daughters and this book is supposed to show us how to navigate through this.

Let me start off by saying that I'm a fan of Dr. Dobson and enjoyed his book Bringing Up Boys. This book, however, is incredibly long and filled with facts and data about our society and its depravity. Some of the information seems pretty da
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Don Weidinger
girls outperform boys, liberal assault on decency of girls, fundamental am I lovely do you see me, give validation love and be loved healthy self-confidence, differ brains with 15% more blood flow, manner of women reflect foundation of country per Adams, do not tolerate men’s poor behavior, not popular with kids, thanks for loving and being there, divorce results in 4 years less, never make fun of, purity ball, tragic of beauty is not taken seriously and core is lack of dignity, porn not possibl ...more
Deon
Practical advice, lots of positive suggestions, lots of statistics.
Demetrius Rogers
I really liked this one. Best book I've read on parenting. Lots of good practical advice here. It was actually quite tear-jerking at times. I would have liked to have rated it higher, however, but a sizable portion of the book was Dobson railing on the secular media and contemporary culture. I know, I know already! That's not, however, why I picked up this book. I wish he would've kept his eye on the ball a bit more in this one. But, when he did it was 5 star material. A great reminder for a fat ...more
Lindsey
Perhaps I'm just over Dobson's writing style, but the the transcripts of radio interviews and quotes from other books are way overdone. There's actually little practical advice in this book and as it becomes a collection of everything else that's already been written about "raunch" culture and protecting our children from it. I was pretty much just bored the whole way through and skimmed a lot.
Jill
I wish I liked this book. I had high hopes to learn some good insights and ideas on how to best love and parent my girl. Instead, I felt like that author scrambled to put something together after he saw the success of his companion work, "Bringing Up Boys." This book seemed like a disjointed compilation of his other book chapters that might apply, along with excerpts from other people's books, interviews and pieces of media. Furthermore, I didn't leave this book excited or encouraged about the n ...more
Stephanie Sheaffer
I really ought to give this book one star, but I feel compelled to tack on a second one due to the fact that James Dobson and his organization has done many good things in the world. As a sum, however, I found the book to be exceptionally boring, poorly written, and super cliche. The book also employs a superfluous amount of "transcripts" from radio interviews and events.

Author James Dobson provides an example of a woman honoring her husband as "[never] failing to have a meal waiting for him whe
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Sarah
Practical advice, touching stories. Nothing shocking or new. Still a good read an one any parent to a 8+ year old girl should read.
Adam Parker
As a new father of my sweet eight month old Savannah Faith, I have been seeking wisdom on this massive responsibility I now hold in my arms daily. Bringing Up Girls has been a great mentor and I'm certain will remain so for years to come. While at times the book took on an overly fearful perspective, the vast majority was encouraging, eye opening, and practical. It was full to bursting with statistics and facts that as a father I simply was unaware of. There is so much to be said about intention ...more
Stephen Escalera
When it comes to family psychology, there is perhaps no other name more well known among conservative evangelicals than Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family. Ten years after publishing his popular book on parenting boys, Dobson has penned the companion book, Bringing Up Girls. In it, Dobson offers advice and insight from a clearly conservative viewpoint. Speaking mainly to fathers, Dobson addresses issues such as femininity, beauty, sex, bullying, education and purity. Much of the bo ...more
Laura
Title: BRINGING UP GIRLS
Author: James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Publisher: Tyndale
May 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4143-0127-3
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction/parenting

At long last, the author of Bringing Up Boys has written a companion guide for those of us who have girls. Dr. Dobson said he was asked for years to write this book, but he doesn’t go into why he didn’t write the book earlier. Just that it took a long time to write.

Our daughters face so many things, such as peer pressure, eating disorders, decisions abo
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Alycia Morales
Nov 02, 2012 Alycia Morales rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers and Fathers of Girls, Christian Parents
I have long respected Dr. Dobson for his wisdom and knowledge concerning the well-being of families. I've admired his writings and ministry since before I was ever married or had my own children. He is a resource I always turn to when concerned with any aspect of marriage, parenting or family matters.

Many years ago, I purchased Bringing Up Boys. I had two of my own and one step-son at the time. I now have three of my own, and my step-son is grown and on his own. I loved the book and the insight
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Todd Miles
This review will appear in the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
James Dobson’s Bringing Up Boys, published in 2001 by Tyndale House, proved to be so informative and helpful to parents in the raising of their sons, that many fathers and mothers of daughters wondered when the companion volume on raising girls would be published. Ten years later, Dobson finished Bringing up Girls, and it will no doubt prove to be beneficial to all who read it.
Dobson, the founder and president emeritus of
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John Kennedy
Dobson is in a unique position to speak as an authority on the subject and he makes some salient observations that many in the culture ignore. Some excerpts:

"I am even more concerned about girls than boys. So much has changed for the worse in recent years. Girls are under enormous pressure rarely experienced by their mothers, grandmothers and other women in previous generations. Today's little girls are being enticed to grow up too fast and are encountering challenges for which they are totally
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Stacey
May 19, 2011 Stacey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: moms and dads
There's a section on Fathers and Daughters that really moved me. It was a list of all the things dads should keep in mind when raising a girl. Read the list without tearing up...I dare you :)

The most helpful thing I learned was to pay attention to my children's intent. Children are careLESS because they don't have the cares of the world to carry around with them like adults do. This is a blessing for just a short time in their lives and parents need to look at the intent behind the spilled milk,
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Sarah
I’ve been wanting to read this book since it was released and now that I’ve read it I’m glad that I did. I’m not going to say that I agree with everything in this book – Dr. Dobson seems to think dating is the only way a girl is going to meet her future husband, but this is only going to lead to heartache and having different pieces of her heart being given away before she truly marries. There is a lot of good information in this book, and to me it doesn’t matter if Dr. Dobson quotes other sourc ...more
Dave Johnson
Much of my views about this book is similar to my views on it's predecessor, Bringing Up Boys. I thought that was a good book with some good info for parents, especially fathers. Without repeating all I said in that review, I'll say that this in many ways is very similar in its strong words for fathers and advice for parents to stay close to their kids. The biggest difference is obviously there is a lot more advice about specifically raising girls. I thought it was very helpful and offered some ...more
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