From Daughter to Woman
Parenting girls safely through their teens
By Kim McCabe
This book aims to make the adolescent's journey just that bit safer, kinder, and better supported - so parents and teens can enjoy the teenage years more.
'A refreshingly healthy take on social media and particularly good on body image' Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times
The teen years are tough - for teens and for parents. Many parents dread the moodiness, dishonesty, preference of friends over family, exam stress, and the push for greater independence. Mothers have a pivotal role to play; this is a guidebook for parents and mothers of girls in particular as they navigate the rocky teenage landscape with their daughters aged 8 to 18. It aims to help them embrace the potential of their child's teenage years by marking this time of growing maturity for girls and celebrating it with them. We celebrate birth, marriage and death, but this important life-transition from child to young adult is nowadays rarely acknowledged within an appropriate community.
Kim McCabe is the founder of Rites for Girls. As the originator and facilitator of Girls Journeying Together groups, she offers guidance to preteen and teen girls and simultaneous support for their mothers. In training other women to facilitate these groups, her dream is that every girl grows up expecting to be supported and celebrated in adolescence. Kim was commissioned to write a section in Steve Biddulph's latest best-selling book, 10 Things Girls Need Most: To Grow Up Strong and Free.
Kim is a home-educating mother of two boys, one girl, two cats and a colony of aloe vera plants; she is wife to a Kiwi, daughter to itinerant parents, friend to a cherished few, and lover of time alone, too. She lives in the Ashdown Forest in Sussex. She sometimes shouts at her children, accidentally steps on the cat's tail and forgets to water the plants, but she loves her work, her family and her life. She has always had deep affinity with teenage girls, and by sharing her wisdom and compassion she infects the reader with her enthusiasm for this life stage.
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18 Jul 2018
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I love it when a wise voice gently reminds and teaches me about that which is truly essential. From Daughter to Woman is one of these voices. In a truly feminine style, Kim combines intellectual brilliance, intuitive wisdom, gentleness and love to produce a guide that not only explains how it is for our teenage girls, but empowers us to meet their needs as they grow up in a materialistic world that is full of confusing messages; a world that is increasingly overwhelming them with innumerable pressures and mounting stress. We, the adults, can help our girls to become the authentic, free and passionate women that our society needs. From Daughter to Woman is an indispensable tool in this most valuable process. — Patricia Patterson-Vanegas, founder and former editor of Juno Magazine
I wish this book had been available when I was growing up — Anna Comino-James, founder trustee Potential Trust
[Kim's] book will sit on my shelf with the few books I keep to reread every now and then . . . I love having children, but I've been dreading the teen years. I have such a different attitude now and feel that, although it won't be easy, I can enter these years a bit more confidently and, dare I say, joyfully. — Cara Bishop
Kim's work puts something back that should never have been taken away. But it also goes to new places in the modern, feminist uprising to both nurture and arm young women for taking back their world — Steve Biddulph, bestselling author of 10 Things Girls Need Most and Raising Girls
In From Daughter to Woman Kim McCabe invites us as mothers to develop a different relationship with our daughters, one that takes us on a journey into our own womanhood as well as as that of our beautiful daughters. It challenges modern notions of difficult teens and supports us to develop deep and lasting relationships based on respect for the emerging woman we have birthed into the world. This book is a teacher, guide, and companion through a period in our daughters lives which can be easy to dread. McCabe shows us how to embrace, enjoy and most of all celebrate it — Mairi Stones
With warmth, compassion and humour, From Daughter to Woman offers guidance and encouragement to women of all ages in one of the most important journeys of their lifetime — Andrew Graham
[Kim McCabe] has a refreshingly healthy take on social media and is particularly good on body image — Lorraine Candy, Sunday Times