Powerful book helps parents prepare, react and manage emotions to support daughters
Parenting is not easy. Most American parents will agree to having used books, television programs, or professionals to navigate childrearing. Whether it was Dr. Benjamin Spock during the 1940s or Dr. T. Berry Brazelton in the 1980s, parents were able to use bounds of professional wisdom to cope with everything from teething infants to seething teenagers. But the days of Brazelton and Spock have long ended according to some sociologists, and the time has come for a new guide to help parents, particularly of girls, navigate issues of abduction, bullying, and depression.
Erin Munroe, a licensed mental health counselor in Boston believes she has the answers to lead a new generation of young parents though the muck. Monroe manages a confidential teen clinic, and recently penned the book When Big Issues Happen to Little Girls.
It is not another book on “raising girls,” or the psychology of girls, or of eating disorders, and body issues. We know those are symptoms and coping mechanisms of greater things, and When Big Issues Happen to Little Girls poses the question: Why are our girls not able to cope? This book answers that question by introducing and explaining the concept that today’s young girls are facing adult-sized issues that are not only beyond their own level of emotional, intellectual, and physical capacities but beyond those of their own parents.