As I’m writing this, the Department for Education is reporting that a third of all teenage girls in the UK suffer from depression or anxiety.
Starting out as a mental health blogger, means I’m privy to a large amount of statistics. How many men suffer from one type of mental illness, how many women suffer with another.
What I’ve rarely seen are statistics for children, until I received best selling author, Steve Biddulph’s book.
10 Things Girls Need Most, to grow up strong and free, doesn’t just focus on younger girls mental health-but an entire range of methods, and interactive tips, to enable you to bring up your daughter to the best of your ability.
The NHS say that 20 percent of girls are self harming-three times as many as ten years ago.
As previously mentioned, I am a mental health blogger, who suffers from mental health issues. To read in this book that not only are a large and increasing number of young girls are suffering from mental health issues, but that there are also a worrying amount self harming and suffering from PTSD, is enough to make me want to work hard on making sure my daughter is safe and secure.
During the content of the book, there are a large amount of interactive activities for the reader to take part in. Enabling you to think about your own background and past experiences, it becomes clear how those influence our daughter’s present and future.
A father who is able to show his caring makes a huge difference to a girl. It’s a learning curve, since her world is very different to yours. there are some secrets to make it a lot easier.
There are sections for both parents to write in, which personally made me realise how much of a massive part Dad’s play in their daughters lives. I’ve heard about underestimating the relationship between a father and daughter before, but the importance of their relationship is made evident throughout this book.
Regardless of the age of your daughter or your home situation, the entire book is helpful. You learn not only what you may have missed previously in their lives, but also what you can currently do to help them, and what you can aim for in the future.
Taking one chapter at a time, you can create your own ongoing support group to help you care for all your daughters together. That’s how girls were meant to be raised-by a tribe.
During my journey through the book, the interactive activities felt like a therapy to me. The information I was given, didn’t come as a surprise, but knowing my daughter may suffer in some way because of my past, was especially hard hitting.
If anything, during the sections of this book, and once I’d finished working my way through, any concerns I do/did have about my daughter and her future, felt manageable.
Knowing I could refer back to the book whenever I needed to, knowing that these pages held more than just information-that they held help, nourishment and education for us as parents, alleviated those fears I have for my little girl.
This book can be read again and again. It’s not a book about how to parent, it’s not a book about do’s and don’t’s. It’s a guide-an aid if you will, to bringing up your daughter in the best way-enabling her to tackle the world and its stresses, with strength and freedom, whilst knowing they’re guided safely by you.
This really is an incredible book-especially for those with daughter. To buy your own copy, head over to Amazon here.