In episode one of the book corner I discuss Dr. Mary Pipher’s book Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Our Adolescent Girls
Dr. Mary Pipher is from Nebraska and has written nine books. In this book she is not talking about what parents are doing wrong, but about how our American culture is impacting our adolescent girls. Dr. Pipher gives various vignettes from teen girls who struggle with body image, to social pressure, to depression, anxiety and more. She explores what it looks like from the inside of an adolescents girl’s world and asks some thought provoking questions. Dr. Pipher has a chapter for mothers, fathers, family systems and divorce. She talks about some questions she would ask her adolescent girls to journal about in hopes of them discovering more about themselves.
Dr. Pipher discusses how teen girls are impacted by what they read and watch. I encourage the families I work with to explore what their teens are learning from movies, TV shows or magazines. Especially when a female is treated as an object or there is violence against her. It can you help gain understanding to your daughter’s world of what she thinks is “normal” because she is desensitized to it and maybe begin to teach her some critical thinking skills. When we are more intentional about what we watch and accept as the norm, it can help teen girls have a healthier self-esteem and perception of themselves.
I encourage you to read this book and share it with your teen daughter. It can be open up some interesting dialog between parents and their teenage daughters. For more information about Mary Pipher, PhD. her website is http://www.marypipher.net/