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Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,492 ratings  ·  280 reviews
This is the ultimate guide to raising our daughters right--from parenting authority and trusted family counselor Dr. James Dobson.
Peer pressure. Eating disorders. Decisions about love, romance, and sex. Academic demands. Life goals and how to achieve them. These are just some of the challenges that girls face today--and the age at which they encounter them is getting young
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 22nd 2014 by Tyndale Momentum (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
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!
Sally Stanfill
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Mandy J. Hoffman

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
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Colene Hardy
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Tiffany Cusick-Bristol
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
Feb 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
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
Aug 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Alycia Morales
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James C. Dobson

I wish this book had been written decades ago with my oldest daughter. Since then, I have had four more daughters.Recently, I have become a single mom, just divorced, and it scares the heck outta me that my girls have lost their father figure. Bringing Up Girls has many chapters about the father and daughter relationship such as discussing the importance of why dads matter in their daughters life. With my recent divorce it has frightened me that my girls
Oct 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent resource - long awaited after his book "Bringing Up Boys." As expected, Dr. James Dobson discusses the parenting of girls from a strong Christian perspective. He discusses both the physical changes found in raising a daughter as well as the psychological changes (sometimes much like land mines) one must traverse. This book delves even into how best to confront the "mean girl" situations that inevitably arise. Further, he emphasizes the importance of the father-daughter relationship ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was life-changing for me. I felt free to be a female after I read this. Everything in this book is *true* and I always knew it but fought it off (for various reasons having to do with my upbringing)and it was so freeing to hear, from a Christian Psychologist, that who I am is the way God made me and it's *good*, and should be embraced.
This book will be "required reading" for any man who wants to marry me (To ensure he understands and treats me, as well as our future daughter(s) right
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents
I Loved the book!!!! I can't believe the low ratings on this excellent book! If you are a Christian parent trying to raise your kids with Christian values then you'd definitely want to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy reading it! We try to raise our daughter from a Christian perspective and this book is a must read full of information and practical ideas for the Christian parents. I read it twice already to refresh my memory and our girl is only 9 still :) We have Dr. James Dobson's other book "Br ...more
Karen Robinson
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Anti liberal, anti feminist, and anti Girl Scout.

Anti Girl Scout and harps on the values of the Republican Party. There are good, God loving parents on the liberal side as well who believe in social justice which is more inline with Christ than judgments in this book. I would recommend this book to only Republican bible thumpers. Liberal Christians will leave it with hurt feelings.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish, wish, wish that I loved this...... but I hate it. I'm half way through and have to give myself a pep talk each time before I pick it up. I'm going to try .... I'm going to be open minded .... bla bla bla

7-26-2011 Still hating this~

10-18-12 To be truthful, I never finished. I was only half-way through when we moved and I have thankfully never found it. Done and Done.

Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelved
I've only read the first chapter, but I've put it down because it's full of emotionally charged words that is intended to scare more than educate. I'd prefer a rewrite of this book that is more factual than emotional, because I do think there is good information there that's buried and somewhat exaggerated.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Practical advice, touching stories. Nothing shocking or new. Still a good read an one any parent to a 8+ year old girl should read.
Practical advice, lots of positive suggestions, lots of statistics.
Todd Miles
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
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
Danielle DeVane Wells
This was a good, general book about how to raise girls in a Christian home and the information that parents would need to do so.

I have nothing negative to say about this book. It was not super "heavy"; it was easily readable. It brought up lots of good topics to do further research on.

Each chapter was about a specific topic about girls. I gave it 4 stars because at the end of each chapter, I was wanting more....more proof/evidence for certain claims, more information on the topic, more recommend
Stacy M. Patton
Every parent who has a girl should read this book! My advice is this: read this book when your daughter is young and then read it again when she is a preteen.

This book covers so much and there is so much research and real life examples to back up the points he makes on raising girls (especially in our sexualized society). This book will help you to better understand your daughter and see that she is wired a certain way. It will also cover things like teen pressures and how to combat them.

I cou
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James C. Dobson, Ph.D., hosts the daily radio program Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk.

A licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child counselor, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For 14 years Dr. Dobson was an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and he served for 17 years

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