All parents want their daughters to become confident, happy, self-sufficient women, but the turbulent years of early adolescence can be difficult to navigate. From Tweens to Teens invites parents to rethink how they prepare their daughters to face these difficult developmental years.
In this groundbreaking guide, psychotherapist and educator Maria Clark Fleshood encourages parents to revive global traditions to mark preadolescence (ages 8 to 13) with rituals and celebrations that guide young women through these years of self-discovery. Dr. Fleshood provides a tested, six-step approach to engage, guide, and prepare preteens for the challenges and changes of a new developmental stage. From Tweens to Teens offers parents tools that help them build tweens’ self-esteem from the inside out.
"From Tweens to Teens: Preparing Girls for Adolescence by Maria Clark Fleshood is a must-read book for all parents who want to understand and support their daughters' journey to finding their identity,strengths and potential. Inspiring and illuminating, Maria Fleshood’s book teaches parents how to use rituals to gain self-efficacy and self-confidence as they move into adolescence. This book is a gift for the whole family and the culture at large."
"Maria Fleshood gives her readers, both clinicians and parents of growing girls, some exceptional tools in her much-needed book. Touching both head and heart, she does so with the hands-on skills of a solid, experienced therapist. Her research into scholarly studies provides a sound theoretical basis for her direction. Her case studies show not only the effectiveness of the rituals but also her heart of compassion contained in this approach. She does all this without excessive sentimentality, although the reader may be moved to tears by a few of the cases. This guide is most timely for the current generation of parents and grandparents who want the best for their girls but who are overwhelmed by the technological world of today’s kids and the seeming power those smart phones/social groups have. I recommend this book not only for therapists, parents, and grandparents but also the many others who are trying to be helpful to girls growing into adolescence in this world that has lost most of the transitional rituals of our ancestors in all cultures."
—G. Keith Parker, PhD, Pastoral Counselor and Jungian Analyst
"Through our work with Dr. Fleshood, we have established many meaningful family traditions. A family favorite has become the 'memory box.' Family members including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are asked to give the high school graduate a special 'memento' to commemorate a treasured memory. The box of mementos is intended to provide the graduate with love and support when perhaps homesickness or challenging times arise. The outpouring of love demonstrated during this tradition has helped our family develop stronger relationships with one another."
Maria Clark Fleshood is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist, Advanced Imago Relationship...