Drawing on the latest research and interviews with experts in different fields, "Girl in the Mirror" sheds new light on one of life's most important passages, the journey that is adolescence. Dr. Snyderman, the bestselling author of "Necessary Journeys, " discusses adolescence as a time not of conflict but of opportunity for personal and spiritual ...
Drawing on the latest research and interviews with experts in different fields, "Girl in the Mirror" sheds new light on one of life's most important passages, the journey that is adolescence. Dr. Snyderman, the bestselling author of "Necessary Journeys, " discusses adolescence as a time not of conflict but of opportunity for personal and spiritual growth for mothers and daughters alike.
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-01-14 After collaborating on Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life, Snyderman, a medical correspondent for ABC News and PBS, and writer Streep kept in touch, and their conversations about nearing menopause while their daughters careen toward their teens evolved into this book. If at times the tone is overly academic this could be the only parenting guide to adapt Martin Buber's "I-Thou" theory to child-rearing Snyderman's optimism about making adolescence a positive time for both mother and daughter is infectious. She cites scholarly journals, comments from friends, interviews with authors and popular books like Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth to set straight many of the myths surrounding adolescence. Instead of viewing the teen years as something to be survived, she prefers comparing them to the Chinese character that represents both "crisis" and "opportunity." Adolescence doesn't have to be a period of turmoil, she notes, drawing on a study that indicates that the vast majority of adolescents are no more likely than adults to succumb to mental illness. Throughout, Snyderman encourages mothers to put their own pasts behind them and communicate as much as possible about every aspect of their daughters' lives, including sex and relationships. She encourages parents not to buy into "wrongheaded notions" that daughters can raise themselves. "The rule of thumb is simple," she writes. "If you don't talk to her, she will get her information elsewhere. They need our help, our wisdom, our guidance, and, sometimes, our protection." (Feb. 6) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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