The Butterfly Effect aims to inspire parents to create their own new realities for their daughters. Talking to multitudes of girls every year in Australia and New Zealand, Dannielle Miller's message is authentic and passionate, and her book both celebrates and challenges the joy and beauty of teen girls in an age of raunch and consumer culture. The Butterfly Effect offers practical, intuitive and powerful strategies, and uses humour to disarm and open up new ways of looking at self-esteem, resilience, body image, friendship, consumerism, navigating the online world, overcoming girls' fear of failure and finding positive role models. Dannielle writes primarily for the mothers of teenage girls, encouraging them to realise that they are more like their daughters than they think and they can help their daughters by helping themselves, too.
About the Author
Dannielle Miller is an experienced educator committed to empowering young people to reach their full potential. She has worked as an English Coordinator, Students at Risk Coordinator, Full Service Schools Coordinator for Western Sydney (assisting government, catholic and independent schools to design and deliver curriculum aimed at re-engaging students at risk to their studies), and was the founder of the respected 'Lighthouse Project' which combines mentoring with the development of employability skills in young people. Her work has been featured in education journals and has made her a popular speaker at various national conferences and forums. Dannielle left education and founded Enlighten Education in 2003.Dannielle lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a captivating book, offering a positive approach to raising girls. The challenges and pressures faced by girls and their parents are explained and backed up with research as well as Miller’s own extensive experience. But far from adopting an ‘end of the world’ approach, Miller breaks down the different aspects of raising girls, and provides realistic solutions and advice. The book emphasises the impact of women as role models – particularly with regards to body image and diet. With the prevalence of eating disorders amongst our girls increasing at a disturbing rate, this is something that all women need to consider. How can your daughters/nieces/granddaughters learn to accept their bodies when the women in their lives are constantly dieting and are so critical of their own?
So much media attention is directed towards the downfall of youth today and the pressures and dangers present in the lives of our children. As a parent, it is easy to become despondent. And that’s exactly why I love Miller’s new book, 'The Butterfly Effect'. It brings me back to how we can all make a stand against the sexualised, commercialised, celebrity-focussed, fake barrage of images and noise thrust at our children.
Miller’s approach to raising happy and empowered girls is based on forging deeper, more loving relationships – in Miller’s words: “When working with teenagers, it is important to engage them emotionally; if you can capture their hearts, their minds will follow.”
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, a book that kept me up far too late at night because I didn’t want to put it down. If you have girls, this is a book you simply must read.
This book is a positive step in the right direction to raising girls in this fast and furious world. Be a parent, not a friend, but show the love and support that our girls need to give it a go. This book will guide you and give you the tools needed to do this. The author also provides many links to resources that can be of benefit, which is extremely helpful, along with a fabulous website of her own and a regular blog. Highly recommend this book to parents with girls.
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