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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

Released 2017

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.

Good websites for teen sex education

Under re-construction

Useful books for puberty and sex education

Social Media guidance

Autistic Girls

Autism 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. Autistic girls 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.

Help with grief

Children need to grieve.  When your child loses someone or something precious,  they will be filled with different feelings.  Often children try to cope on their own, trying to protect the adults around them from their grief.  When you can allow your child to express however they feel, for as long as they need to, as often as their feelings rise up, while not trying to fix it but trusting that they will survive and recover from this loss, you are giving them a great gift.

Take care of yourself too, chances are that if your child has lost something then so have you.

Places to look for help

  • Child Bereavement UK helps children and families who are facing bereavement with online support and a helpline 0800 028 8840

  • Cruse Bereavement Care freephone helpline on 0808 808 1677 and volunteers trained to help young people will reply to you be email

Books for Grieving Adults and Young Adults

Books for Grieving Children

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!”
  • Rookie — writing, photography, and other forms of artwork by and for teenagers
  • Evolution — Dove Commercial showing the transformation from everyday woman to billboard.
  • Rachel Simmons — helping girls and young women grow into authentic, emotional intelligent and assertive adults.

Websites for teen menstrual products

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Sources of help in UK

  • Childline
    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
    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