I’m so excited to jump into today’s topic and share all the goodies I’ve discovered with you!
But before I do, may I just say Happy Mother’s Day! And may I share this story with you. I am sure you can all relate.
Do you remember being a kid and asking your parents, “If there’s a Mother’s Day, and a Father’s Day, why is there no Kids’ Day?”?
Do you remember what your parents ALWAYS said to you?
Have you said the same thing to your own kids?
I know I have. EVERY DAY IS KIDS’ DAY!
Isn’t that the truth of all truths! But not today, my friend! Today is Girl Mom Gift Day for you. If you’re like me, then your happy place is to be cozied up on the couch with a warm cup of coffee, a blanket, and a good book. Also, all kids must be absent. Fur babies are allowed. But yes, solitude, warmth, and a good book.
I can help you with the book part today!
Over the last few years, I have devoured dozens of books, many on the topic of raising and empowering girls. Today I want to share with you my favorite five from the past year. I am not an affiliate for any of these authors, which means I get nothing for promoting them to you. This is simply one girl mom sharing the goods with the other girl moms.
You ready? In no particular order, here are MY TOP FIVE FAVE BOOKS FOR GIRL MOMS.
You have heard me reference this book in my blog posts, my FB Lives, and maybe in conversation. And for good reason. I love this book! It is easy to read, is filled with research, specific data, powerful stories, and actionable steps to help us nurture our daughters through the teen years.
In fact, I love this book so much, I’m planning to attend the author’s workshop this summer, which is for girl educators. I cannot wait.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Girl moms need to grab this book ASAP.
I’ve shared this book in a previous blog post, but it’s worth repeating. This is one of the most unnerving and terrifying books I have ever read- and I’ve read some Stephen King! Truly though, Sales does an amazing job studying the lives of teenage girls in America, and sharing how each year of teenhood brings new dangers, and how these dangers are literally right at our daughters’ fingertips.
I particularly love how Sales breaks her book down. Each chapter is specific to a year of teenhood, starting with the first chapter, which is actually Chapter 13, and ending with the final chapter, Chapter 19.
It is a very tough read, but an absolute MUST. We need to know what our daughters are facing.
I love the inspiration for this book even more than the actual content. Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane are mother and daughter. The book begins with St. John (mother) telling the story of her idea for a mother/daughter writing project, and how the two set off on this adventure together to interview female leaders from all walks of life from all around the world. They interview everyone from political leaders to teachers to homemakers. The entire book ping-pongs between both women’s perspective as they travel the globe, each written in her own words.
While the book itself has some less than captivating sections, it is worth sharing because of its inspiration and its theme. Women can lead, and we have proof of it everywhere. Even more powerful is the idea that a mother and a daughter can set out to create something powerful together, both for their relationship and for others.
It’s inspired me to consider doing a photo project with my own daughter. It might inspire you too.
This book is written for girls, and has some “younger” language to it, but I’ve been reading both with my daughter and on my own, and I love it. The book is filled with comics, quizzes, activities, and examples on how to become more confident. My daughter is enjoying it, and I am enjoying the time we spend reading it together.
But I also like reading it alone because the concepts and ideas are fantastic, and helpful as I look for tangible ways to build confidence in my daughter, and all girls.
The book teaches our girls that they can actually GROW confidence. That they can make more of it if they don’t already have a lot. What mom wouldn’t want that for their girl?
This book is not written specifically for women or for moms or for girl moms, but the concepts are spot on for women raising daughters.
In this powerful book, Brown asserts that becoming vulnerable is perhaps the most courageous and powerful thing we can do to love, lead, and live. This concept is one I carry in my parenting as well- both at home and in the dorm. Vulnerability is scary but it is so brave, and it can be so mighty.
Basically, everything Brene´ Brown produces is pure gold, and this book is no exception. In fact, it might be my favorite Brene´ gem. A close second is her TED Talk on vulnerability. It’s a must watch. You can view it RIGHT HERE.
And there it is, my five favorite books for girl moms. To be sure, there are many other great books and resources out there. In fact, I have a list of them for you!
Now, what about you? What girl mom books do you love? Would you recommend any? Comment below and share them here! I’m about ready to start my next read!