Brave Girls by Stacey Radin

Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD

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Brave Girls by Stacey RadinBrave Girls by Stacey Radin “is a must-read for anyone interested in what we can do now to unleash the spirit of courageous freedom we need to create a more egalitarian society.” -Stewart D. Friedman, Wharton professor and author of Leading the Life You Want and Total Leadership

Raising children isn’t easy. As I look back to when the kids were younger, I see a million things that I wish I did differently. I’m sure that’s probably true for most people. I always thought that I’d raise both children the same way – encouraging the same traits and parenting the same way. Now that I’m older, I realize that wasn’t always the case. There were differences in how I parented my daughter and my son – both because they were different people – and also because they were different genders. I’m not sure why that’s the case since I don’t feel any one gender is more able or special than another – but it happened. This post has been sponsored and a product was provided. The story is my own.

Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD

After years of research as a psychologist and consultant for women struggling in the professional world, Stacey Radin made a groundbreaking realization: it all begins in middle school. Women who become successful leaders learn how to do so in the middle grades—the most formative stage in a girl’s development and self-identification. Drawing on her own experience with Unleashed, an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls through puppy rescue, Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD is the ultimate guidebook for parents and educators who want to learn how to help their girls become confident, passionate, and powerful leaders.

Brave Girls really made me stop and think. When I was growing up (70s/80s), gender-based stereotypes were still fairly common. I remember in high school that I wanted to take auto shop and was denied because I would be a distraction to the boys in the class. While that hopefully wouldn’t happen in today’s society, there are still a lot of differences in how boys and girls are treated in school and society and those differences impact who they are as adults.

My daughter experience much more of the “mean girl” nonsense in school when she was younger than my son did. There was much more of a focus from peers on appearance than on success and leadership than I saw when my son was the same age and grade. Now that both kids are older, I see much less self-confidence in my daughter than in my son. While I’m sure that some of that is personality, some is definitely a result of outside influences. My daughter is a theater-arts major & builds sets and runs lighting for the college theater. She’s a senior level teacher’s assistant only a few months away from graduating and still she’ll see the guys in her class asked more often for building advice even when they have  little to no experience.

Brave Girls by Stacey Radin is not only an fantastic look at the differences in parenting and raising children, it’s a guidebook that will help you address some of the things that your daughter may be going through and a way you can encourage her to be more brave and self-confident as she grows up. The exercises at the end of the book are meant not only for your daughter but also as a way for you to evaluate how you think and what  you may need to do differently. This is definitely an eye-opening book that I’d recommend to anyone parenting girls. It really made me ask myself the question “Are we raising brave girls?”

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12 thoughts on “Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD

  1. I learned that Dr. Stacey Radin want to invest on the next female leaders of the world. I think it is very noble! I do hope that our world gets better leaders for our children and their children.

  2. I learned that she has a dog rescue that has rescued over 400 dogs, that is amazing, she is so inspirational; .

  3. Love that they are working to save dogs as well! I am going to also send this to my friend Kelly. This would be such a great book for her B!

  4. Having teens that are have gone through and sometime still have moments that world that I love the message of raising brave girls.

  5. I learned that they have rescued over 400 dogs. I think this program sounds amazing and I’m glad to learn about it as mom to a third grade girl.

  6. I learned that the author has a passion for helping adolescent girls become powerful leaders and she received her doctorate from Albert Einstein Medical Center.

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