Reclaiming Our Daughters (Previously Published as My Girl)

What Parenting a Pre-Teen Taught Me About Real Girls


By Karen Stabiner

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Reclaiming Our Daughters (previously published as My Girl) offers a fresh and long-needed perspective on pre-teen and teen girls, one that finally brings a message of hope and optimism about girls today. 

Part memoir, part sociological examination, Karen Stabiner observes her daughter, Sarah, as she navigates her critical pre-teen years, a time when girls become adolescents and are rumored to become increasingly difficult and alienated. However, unlike most writing on the subject, Stabiner presents a well-rounded account of parenting a coming-of-age girl. She writes eloquently about societal pressures on girls and of her determination to be her daughter's advocate. This mother-daughter relationship is generally warm and close, though when it's difficult, as it inevitably is at times, Stabiner writes honestly about the challenges. In doing so, she unravels the bad-girl stereotypes we’ve all believed in for too long.

Reclaiming Our Daughters (previously published as My Girl) is both supportive and encouraging, written by a mother who cares about lifting our daughters up and providing them with the skills they need to become successful, strong, independent-minded women.

On Sale
Mar 14, 2007
Page Count
280 pages
Seal Press

Karen Stabiner

About the Author

Karen Stabiner is a journalist who writes about food, health, and family issues. Some of her previous books include Family Table, a two-year collaboration with James Beard award-winning Michael Romano; the novel Getting In, a comic look at the college admissions sweepstakes; My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; and All Girls: Single-Sex Education and Why It Matters. She is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times‘ Opinion section, and her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Los Angeles Magazine, and the New Yorker. She lives in New York City with her family.

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