08 April 2005

Strong Girls

In Reviving Ophelia the author Mary Pipher says, "Girls who are isolated emerge from adolescence more independent and self-sufficient than girls who have been accepted by others."

This is not what we usually hear. We are so often told that being part of the group is vital for girls. But from my experience this statement is true.


  1. I would agree -- my mother puts it as "rejecting the world" and you kind of have to. I was ridiculed for having glasses and so I decided that it just wasn't important what my friends thought. And, I turned out okay. It's when girls make their friends' opinions the most important thing that problems happen.

    Question is: how on earth do I get my girls to reject the world so they turn out okay??

  2. You let me know when you figure it out. You'll have at least three chances before I have any. :)