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  • The Cinderella Challenge: How To Keep Her From Eating Your Daughter

    Orenstein confirms what I’ve been saying for years — you might have been given all the right messages as a child, or you might be giving your daughters all the right messages about being smart, confident, and strong. But when you leave the house, all bets are off.

    In case you haven’t been watching or reading the news lately, Peggy Orenstein’s new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, is a huge hit. For good reason. Orenstein talks about the marketing that focuses little girls on pink, pretty, sexy and sassy.

    Think Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan (and we know the troubles those girls are experiencing).

    It hits a particular cord for me because I am constantly being asked if the messages I convey in my books and keynotes about women relying too much on being “nice girls”  and not enough on being “adult women,” are passe.

    In fact, over dinner with a neighbor the other night I thought I was going to jump across the table and strangle her when she suggested my new book, with Carol Frohlinger, Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It, might no longer be relevent.

    Orenstein confirms what I’ve been saying for years — you might have been given all the right messages as a child, or you might be giving your daughters all the right messages about being smart, confident, and strong. But when you leave the house, all bets are off.

    Little girls are bombarded with Madison Avenue’s desire to have them play with dolls, wear pink, aspire to be princesses — and be nice.

    I recall going to the Mall of America in Minneapolis a few years ago and coming across a store that was dedicated to princess outfits and parties for girls. An entire store! What’s the boy equivalent? Sports Authority?

    In See Jane Lead I dedicated an entire chapter to raising our daughters to lead.  Here are a few tips I encourage parents to consider

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    http://blogs.forbes.com/work-in-progress/2011/02/02/the-cinderella-challenge-how-to-keep-her-from-eating-your-daughter/

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