Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D., can help moms understand that, even though she might sometimes act like one, your daughter is not a monster. She is not going down a terrible path from which she can’t recover. She is not going to reflect poorly upon you. She is not going to live a life of emptiness and failure.
She is going to be OK. And you, as her mother, are going to be OK, too.
Your lovable daughter is still in there, no matter how difficult it may be for you to believe in her right now. This book will help you understand what your daughter is going through, and also how very, very normal she is, and how very, very much she needs you now more than ever.
So many adolescent girls enter the trauma of adolescence and can’t find their way out, but you can help your young woman make it through this difficult life stage. This book points out ways in which our girls are “poisoned” by a society that wants us to be “good girls” who fit nicely into society.
When you recognize that your difficult daughter is actually a struggling child-woman, you can better support her in becoming the warrior woman you want her to be – free of self-harming, addictive behaviors.
Ginny Jones is the editor of More-Love.org. She writes about parenting, body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders. Ginny is also a Parent Coach who helps parents handle their kids’ food and body issues.