'Is it Okay for Girls to Slay their Own Dragons?' by Nancy binzen

Is it Okay for Girls to Slay their Own Dragons?

For mothers and mentors of 9-13 year-old girls, Is It Okay for Girls to Slay Their Own Dragons? is a creative way to:fairy tale princesses skewer conventional wisdom about helpless maidens and dashing princes.

  • Engage in a meaningful conversation without your daughter getting defensive, impatient or embarrassed.
  • Share your own values and morals without sounding "preachy."
  • Encourage your daughter to question mainstream messages, stand up to peer pressure, and think for herself.

This beautifully illustrated "playbook for becoming a courageous, bodacious girl who thinks for herself," contrasts well-known fairytales and fairytale expectations ("as the men told them") with witty observations by the princesses themselves ("what they said"). Each one is followed by a series of thought-provoking questions ("what do you think") to challenge conventional assumptions by encouraging conversation, journaling, or bringing into a group discussion.