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In our first Zoom book club ofMadonna King and Kasey Edwards will talk with Lucy Clark — and you — about helping girls through the pressures of modern life. E veryone has a story. Struggling, anxious, depressed, refusing to go to school, self-harming, bruised by the world.
And, it seems, at younger and younger ages. What feels like an epidemic is borne out by the statistics around mental health and young people.
To pluck just a couple from the deep and dispiriting well of s: more than half of Australian girls between eight and nine years old are dissatisfied with their body, and a quarter of 14 and year-olds have thoughts about self-harming. Two new books about raising girls aim to equip parents with a mud map to negotiate pressures old and new.
Some challenges are as old as the hills dealing with bulliesothers have been around for a while social media and screentimeand others are fresh out of the box pandemic anxiety. For journalist Madonna King, 10 is the new Her new book, Ten-ager: What Your Daughter Needs to Know About the Transition from Child to Teendeals with the idea that the bubble of childhood is bursting at younger and younger ages.
King says after she wrote Being 14 — a book about the particular challenges of being a year-old girl — parents asked her to look younger. An age where some of their daughters were just beginning to wriggle out of hugs and into the privacy of their own rooms. An age where they would do anything to fit in.
Authors Kasey Edwards and her partner Dr Christopher Scanlon say that getting girls through the obstacle course of adolescence requires self-esteem. When you get that sorted, they maintain, everything else follows. How can we make them feel better about their bodies?
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Madonna King, Lucy Clark and Kasey Edwards have all written books about the challenges girls and their parents face — and will be chatting about it over Zoom. In our first Zoom book club ofMadonna King and Kasey Edwards will talk with Lucy Clark — and you — about helping girls through the pressures of modern life If you have a question, pre-register to the interactive event on 19 February at 1pm, hosted by Australia at Home.