San Francisco, CA (PressExposure) November 02, 2009 -- Acclaimed Washington Post columnist Marguerite Kelly recommends that parents give their daughters, and their school libraries, "a fine book of straightforward, straight-arrow fatherly advice".
What Your Mother Never Told You: A Survival Guide for Teenage Girls by San Francisco author Richard Dudum, offers tools and strategies to help girls successfully navigate the choppy waters of their changing and challenging teen years.
At the book's core is the message that young women are constantly evolving and need to think carefully about morals and values, and about what price they are willing to pay for their decisions.
Marguerite Kelly appreciates the reality that "both girls and boys are often out of sync within themselves in these intense years, which may make them look like college freshmen, think like eighth-graders and act like they did in elementary school." She suggests that when it comes to making decisions, Mr. Dudum's book will help a teenage girl "make wiser ones if she takes responsibility for them now".
What Your Mother Never Told You: A Survival Guide for Teenage Girls was featured at the Young Women's National Conference held in Washington, DC. The focus of the conference was to equip young women with the necessary tools and the inspiration to reach their full potential as confident, influential and bold young women. Selections from Dudum's book were read to the young women, and sponsors of the YWNC noted that "the heart of the YWNC goes hand-in-hand with the powerful and meaningful topics discussed in What Your Mother never Told You - that is, building teen girls self esteem, and helping them to grow, to be strong, and to successfully deal with the realities that confront them today." Board member and host of the YWNC event Brenda Meister commented that she has "no doubt that the book will become a ready reference for not only the young girls who attended the YWNC, but for all young women."
Dudum believes parents should not fear giving teens candid and truthful information that will help them understand, appreciate and form their personal values and, in turn, make good choices. He suggests parents leave the book on their teenager's bed for her to find and read. "It will lead to more thoughtful decisions and open the door to better communication with her parents."