My 13 year old stepdaughter is currently going through a stage of being obsessed with all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I told her about the show one day, mentioning it was something girlfriends and I used to watch when I was living on campus at University, and she said she would like to watch some episodes. With her never having been a fan of the Twilight series I was somewhat surprised, but from the first episode she was hooked.
She is a very active and energetic young teen and I can see how Buffy’s kick butt, save the world and fight the baddies super-hero character, really appeals to her. It’s now also not a surprise to me she has developed the same love for Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Watch out Bella. I think you’re in trouble.
Girls today have a plethora of choices when it comes to thinking about who may inspire and challenge them and for each girl and her set of values and interests this will be different. There are some incredible young women in real life and character based as well, that can and do have a positive influence on girls lives – but on the flip side to this there are some very questionable ones as well. When it all comes down to it though I come from the side of school that says while it’s great to have inspiring role models to look up to – what really matters is trying to to support girls to become that role model for themselves.
‘The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo’ by Dannielle Miller is just the book to help them get there. This wonderful book is all about encouraging young girls and women that they do not have to listen to the bombarding messages that drown them with thoughts of them not being good enough/thin enough/popular enough/anything enough. It’s a book for girls that wants to see them embrace the unique and brave and beautiful person they are – as they are.
The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo wants girls to claim the personal power that we know as grown women we NEED to live life to it’s full potential. You want girl power? The Spice Girls and Buffy may play and pretend, or even project, they have it, but The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo shows girls how to grasp and live it for themselves. This girls guide delves deeply into topics of body image, bullying, binge drinking, friends, school, and everything in between that can and does impact the life of a young girl today. It’s never preachy or dumbs these issues and girls feelings and experiences down, but is also gentle and even loving in it’s suggestions and affirmations which girls will relate to.
If you have a teen daughter or a loved teen girl in your life The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo makes a thoughtful and empowering gift. But there’s one thing you need to do before giving it to her – and that is read The Butterfly Effect which is the parenting companion book to this one. If you really want to be involved in your special girls life and understand the things that are important to her, this is the best way to really dive in and get the best out of both. Actively offer to talk about the book and any and all topics within it, and having the knowledge of The Butterfly Effect will help you do just that. It just may open up a life-changing and beautiful conversation that will bring the two of you closer together.
I send my congratulations to author Dannielle Miller who surely is Australia’s foremost authority on the lives, loves and leanings of today’s modern girl. If you have never read or connected in with Dannielle’s blog I encourage you to read it, and if you have a teenage daughter – it should be at the top of your online reading list, just as The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo, available in Dymocks, independent book stores and from the Enlighten Education site, should sit on the top shelf of your nearest bookshelf.