Edited by Andrea J. Buchanan
About the Anthology
The wide-ranging essays in this collection examine the mother-daughter bond and the experience of raising girls. Taking on topics like "princess power" ("Shining, Shimmering, Splendid"), adding a girl to a brood of boys ("Confessions of a Tomboy Mom"), dealing with a daughter's eating disorder ("The Food Rules"), and raising hardcore junior feminists ("Tough Girls"), the contributors explore the gap between their expectations about raising girls and the reality of the situation with wit, grace, and refreshing honesty.
Jackie's Essay: "Confessions of a Tomboy Mom"
After the birth of my first girl, having been mom only to three boys, I prayed for a tomboy. And boy - as it were - did I get one! Francie was raised in the "Barbie Free" zone; and I thought I had it all knocked, until along came Mimi, who wanted to grow up to be a cheerleader and pierce ears for poodles!