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  • Raising Our Little Girls to Be Healthy, Happy and Heard
  • By: Maggie Dent
  • Narrated by: Maggie Dent
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Girlhood

By: Maggie Dent
Narrated by: Maggie Dent
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The early years of a little girl's life will shape her future in powerful ways.

Maggie Dent, Australia's queen of common-sense parenting, has investigated the development period from birth to age eight. 

Drawing on nearly 5,000 survey results, the latest research, and her own extensive experience as an educator, counsellor, facilitator, mum and grandmother, Maggie shows us how to help our girls build an emotional and psychological base for life. 

Secure foundations, Maggie argues, will help insulate our girls against anxiety and other mental health challenges as they grow into their teens and feel more capable and resilient while keeping their own authentic voice as they enter womanhood.

Written with all the rigour, compassion and humour we have come to expect from one of Australia's best-loved parenting voices, this is both a deeply practical guide to raising girls, as well as a celebration and intimate meditation on the state of being female, which women of all ages will relate to.

©2022 Maggie Dent (P)2022 Macmillan Australia Audio

Critic Reviews

"Maggie is a national treasure." (Tracey Spricer, AM)

"'[S]age wisdom for parenting and supporting girls." (Mona Delahooke, PhD, bestselling author and pediatric psychologist)

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If you have a daughter, listen to this ASAP!

So much useful information for parenting our girls. I highly recommend for mums and dads of girls.

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Maggie’s words are like a warm hug from a dearly missed loved one

Parenting in this world is the toughest challenge I have ever willingly agreed to. Maggie delivers another exceptional bible for those of us who are struggling and no doubt those that aren’t. I’m sure you hear often Maggie but from my heart to yours - thank you for being a bright light in a sometimes pitch black tunnel… I am forever grateful for your wisdom and acceptance that perfect imperfection is the goal…

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Wow! Hit the nail on the head

Maggie Dent has hit the nail on the head. From start to end I loved it. I think previous listener could have adapted the speed to adjust the reading if it did not suite. I enjoyed the pace & clear communication. Highly recommend

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A must for parents of daughters

A wonderfully written book that had me crying, smiling and laughing throughout. I loved listening to Maggie read this book, as I felt like she was right there giving me advice and wisdom on raising a caring and strong little girl. So much incredible research on raising girls and thoughtful insights into supporting our girls. Thank you Maggie for another wonderfully written book!

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Opened my eyes to my own childhood

From my parenting perspective: I have been made very aware of my shortcomings and insufficient parenting thanks to 3 of my adult children, thankfully 2 children still have rational thinking to rely on. I have always felt I was in touch with the life have been thrown into and had processed the damage I have survived from childhood, teen and adult trauma.
From my ECEC perspective: it helps me to use critical reflection from a deeper level of understanding when children are struggling. I feel better equipped to support educators as an educational leader.

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Absolute must read for parents of girls.

This was absolutely wonderful to read. Maggie provides such an incredible insight on little girls minds. This really has made me appreciate the beautiful little girl I am blessed to have and understand her needs alot better. Thank you Maggie Dent for once again delivering another beautiful book.

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Growing up without guidance

Listening to this book was difficult in the beginning. I had to constantly remind myself that I’m seeking to learn on how to be a mother and not see all the things I never received/experienced as a daughter

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Knowledgeable

A thorough explanation and knowledge for girls' parents. As a mom to a girl, I found it is a challenge to face her up and down emotion, to teach her a manner, society pressure and kindness. This book helps me to realise the reason behind it and how to manage it. Thanks Maggie.

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Invaluable but approachable parenting resource

Absolutely loved listening to Girlhood. Full of practical guidance, and written and told with such care and thoughtfulness. This should be a prerequisite read prior to having children!

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So incredibly helpful

I am a mum to a 5 year old girl and step mum to a 9 year old girl. I haven’t finished the book yet and I have just ordered 2 hard copies. This is invaluable advice for raising girls. Thank you

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