Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture

SwimmingUpstreamBy Laura H. Choate

Oxford University Press

Readers will appreciate this guidebook of encouragement and useful information. Choate’s decades of experience as a counselor educator and licensed professional counselor is evident in this resource of research on popular culture and the pressures facing our young girls and their parents.

The first part of the book provides an explanation and description of the world we live in; it identifies the cultural standards and messages girls are surrounded by, such as your worth is based on your appearance, on getting attention and approval from others, or on your accomplishments.

The second part of the book helps parents understand how to deal with this world and its influences on their child. It includes activities parents can try and discussions they can have with their daughters. Choate addresses the myths and trends young girls and their parents are exposed to and suggests strategies to successfully navigate through and combat those myths.

Although it is advertised for anyone who knows, works with or loves a growing girl, parents of boys can gain insights from this book also.

Last Updated on May 12, 2016