For years I have been an avid reader of parenting books. When Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity was made available through a blogger review program, I looked forward to reading it.
The author, Glenn T. Stanton, encourages readers to celebrate the differences between boys and girls. While some may try to create a gender-neutral environment for their children, he walks parents through ideas for cultivating our children’s innate male or female qualities.
Another emphasis of the book is how both father and mother play different yet essential roles in developing their children. From the particular way we play with them to the progression of their language skills, having a male and female parent routinely involved in their lives helps promote a balanced personality.
I applaud the author’s intent; rearing our girls to become secure feminine ladies and our boys to become strong masculine men is a goal that I seek as a parent. However, I didn’t gain all that I might have from this book due to the author’s repeated use of current television shows, movies and celebrities to make his points. I couldn’t identify with most of the examples given because I either haven’t seen the media he mentioned or know very little about the people to whom he referred.
Could you learn something from this book about helping your boys and girls grow into the roles that God would have for them? Perhaps, but I believe that there are other books out there that could present this material in a more effective way. If you have a recommendation along those lines, please feel free to share it.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by Waterbrook Multnomah. All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not compensated for this review in any other way.