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21st Century Girls

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781409112235

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 7th March 2013

Genre: Health & Personal Development

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An absolute must-have parenting guide to raising girls in the 21st century.

‘An excellent book’ Vanessa Feltz

‘Required reading for all parents, teachers and grandparents’ DAILY MAIL

‘There can be no keener revelation of a country’s soul than the way it treats its children.’ Nelson Mandela

Childhood, as a stage in human development, has been steadily eroded. Children today are introduced to 21st-century adult values and behaviour at an increasingly early age, long before they are developmentally ready to cope with them. We expend immense time and effort attending to their material needs while simultaneously neglecting their developmental needs.

In this important polemic, Sue Palmer believes that if we do not get a grip on this problem soon, the increase in developmental disorders, behavioural difficulties and mental health problems recorded by experts over recent decades will soon spiral out of control.

Sue discusses challenges faced in the 21st century including:

-the problems facing parents in an age of materialism
-the way gender wars have intensified those problems
-the debate about the ‘female brain’
-the reasons why contemporary culture can be so damaging for children, especially girls
-the challenges involved in detoxifying family life

Every parent, grandparent, teacher and carer of girls needs to read this book.


This is a readable and useful addition to and increasingly urgent debate which needs to be brought out further into the open.
Not a chick-lit tale as the title suggests, but a follow-up to Palmer's book Toxic Childhood, published in 2006. This time round, her aim is to ensure that girls become happy, healthy adults. How? Reclaim motherhood is her answer...
This is an in-depth scholarly work which provides a fascinating look at the way girls grow up and develop in our modern era, and the high demands which are placed on them from an early age.
Sue Palmer offers warm, strong guidance on raising our daughters including dealing with our multimedia highly materialistic society and making sure that girls grow into confident balanced women. Using research from around the world she provides timeline suggestions for addressing the key issues at each stage.
Educationalist, literacy expert and writer Sue Palmer is well-known for her brilliant books on childhood and the raising of boys; now she has turned her attention to our daughters - and the result should be required reading for all parents, teachers and grandparents.
Bel Mooney, DAILY MAIL
An excellent book
Vanessa Feltz, BBC LONDON
For Palmer, the way to ensure that girls are raised to become happy and healthy adults is to reclaim motherhood and train women to become better at it.
Sian Griffiths, SUNDAY TIMES