Useful links and resources
Recommended books for raising girls
Published July 2018
‘From Daughter to Woman, parenting
girls safely through their teens’
by Kim McCabe, published by Robinson 2018.
“From Daughter to Woman is what I would call a gentle guidebook, she has a refreshingly healthy take on social media and is particularly good on body image.”
Lorraine Candy, The Sunday Times
World bestselling author Steve
Biddulph’s book ‘10 Things Girls Need
Most to grow up strong and free’
featuring a section by Kim McCabe
about rites of passage for girls.
- ‘Raising Girls in the 21st century’ by Steve Biddulph
- ‘Girl Up’ by Laura Bates
- ‘How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk’ by Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish
- ‘Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood’ by Lisa Damour
- ‘The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence’ by Rachel Simmons
- ‘Get Out of My Life: The bestselling guide to living with teenagers’ by Suzanne Franks, Tony Wolf
- ‘Blame My Brain: the Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed’ by Nicola Morgan
Useful books for puberty and sex education
- ‘It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health’ by Robie Harris (for children)
- ‘What’s Happening to ME?: An Illustrated Guide to Puberty’ by Peter Mayle
- ‘What’s Happening to Me?’ (Girls Edition) by Susan Meredith
- ‘Sex and Lovers — A Practical Guide’ by Ann-Marlene Henning & Tina Bremer-Olszewski (for teens)
- ‘Sex Explained: Honest Answers to Your Questions About Guys and Girls – Your Changing Body, and What Really Happens During Sex’ by Magali Clausener-Petit with Melissa Daly (for teens)
Girls on the spectrum
Autism Spectrum Disorder is often not suspected in girls until they run into difficulties in their teens. Even then it can remain misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, especially in bright girls who have learnt to cover up their social awkwardness. Girls on the spectrum are more likely to be bullied, withdraw and become depressed, or suffer anxiety, obsessive behaviour, sleep problems or eating disorders. When the focus shifts to understanding how to manage their social challenges, everything else improves.
- ‘The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome’ by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
- The Curly Hair Project – award winning animations and guide for girls on the spectrum
- A guide to mental health issues in girls and young women on the autism spectrum by Dr Judy Eaton
- Potential Plus UK – support for families
- Fighting Inequality for Girls on the Spectrum – support for families
Websites for teen menstrual products
- Moontimes – organic cloth pads
- Honour Your Flow – mini cloth pads and reusable tampons
- Modibodi – teen period pants
- Wuka – teen period pants
- Feminine Wear – MeLuna soft mini menstrual cup
- Lunapads – mini cloth pads and liners
- Luxury Moon – teen/petite cloth pads
- Natracare – organic, unbleached disposable pads and tampons
Websites worth watching
- A Mighty Girl — the world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.
- Sheheroes — empowers 10 – 14 year-old girls and boys by profiling exceptional career women who have achieved success while overcoming obstacles. “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it!”
- Pinkstinks — a campaign that targets the products, media and marketing that prescribe heavily stereotyped and limiting roles to young girls.
- Rookie — writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers
- Teenage brain — latest research
- Evolution — Dove Commercial showing the transformation from everyday woman to billboard.
- Teenage Health Freak — cringe-free health information for teenagers
- Rachel Simmons — helping girls and young women grow into authentic, emotional intelligent and assertive adults.
Sources of help in UK
Childline is the UK’s free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide comfort, support and advice about any problem that’s on their minds. Calls are free from all existing networks — landline and mobile. Contact them by phone 24 hours a day, every day on: 0800 1111
YoungMinds is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing of children and young people. For information, support and advice Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm call the Parents Information Service helpline: 0808 802 5544
- The Mix
The Mix is a free, confidential helpline for young people who need help but don’t know where to find it. You can contact them by phone, email and webchat. Call the helpline 11am – 11pm every day on: 0808 808 4994
- Family Lives
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They are there for you seven days a week through their website and free Family Lives Helpline. Whatever your family role or situation, they can help. Call the free Helpline 9am – 9pm weekdays and 10am – 3pm weekends: 0808 800 2222
- Addiction Resource
Help in recognising addition and knowing when to seek help.