Sunday, September 15, 2019

Book Review: Confident Moms, Confident Daughters by Maria Furlough

I've reviewed a number of parenting books in the past, including books specific to parenting boys, but I hadn't had the opportunity to review one specific to raising girls so when I heard about this new book by Maria Furlough, I looked forward to reading it.

In "Confident Moms, Confident Daughters: Helping your Daughter Live Free from Insecurity and Love How She Looks" author Maria Furlough walks moms through the likely causes of our own insecurities (now or in our own youth), how to tackle them through a biblical perspective so we can go on to model true confidence in who God created us to be, while our daughters are watching and learning from us.  Words are not enough, our daughters need our examples and this book helps you do just that.

She explains why we must start first in our own heart if we are to teach our daughters at the beginning of the book:
"We can't fake it anymore. Our daughters are keen and smart, and they will see right through our acts.  If we want to show them what a confident woman looks like, we have to be confident.  If we want our girls to know that beauty come from within and that the size of our jeans doesn't measure our worth, we have to believe it for ourselves too."

Drawing from her own life experiences as a daughter and mother of a daughter plus her work a youth leader, she provides unique information into challenges and insecurities we faced as youth and the increased issues facing girls today.  She covers biblical principles to help silence or work through insecurities with truth and work on becoming and raising godly women, She also draws in expert advice from a pediatrician, nutritionist and Christian counselor. The author covers so many important topics in an accessible heartfelt way, with multiple perspectives, example conversations, stories, thoughtful discussion questions (that can be done with your daughter) and challenges to be completed along the way.

This book is a great resource to mothers of daughters or anyone else raising or investing in girls and teens today.

* I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but my opinion and words are my own. 

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