Although the target audience for Simmons' book is actually mothers with middle/high school daughters, anyone who works with that age range or has been (or is currently) a good girl herself can benefit from reading this book. Early on Simmons stresses that she is not telling girls to shirk all manners and responsibility but instead to not efface their own wants and needs to meet the expectations of others. What often happens in middle/high school, and surprisingly between mothers and daughters, is conflict is viewed as the harbinger to the end of a relationship. In reality, refusing to deal with conflict immediately and head-on results in a wedge that ultimately does terminate or irreparably damage a relationship. In the latter half of her book, Simmons provides conversational templates for approaching conflict in a tactful way that encourages resolution and growth in a relationship. She also offers exercises for strengthening an individual's confidence and ability to interact with others. Simmons' book includes anecdotes from her time leading the Girls Leadership Institute as well as numerous interviews with mothers, daughters, students, teachers, and coaches.
One of the most important messages in Simmons' book is that conflict resolution and building self-esteem takes time, and no strategy is 100% effective. I, personally, have yet to master saying "no" to the good girl voice in my head. I have, however, gotten very good at identifying her, which allows me to evaluate the choices I am making in my personal, social, and professional lives and begin projecting a more confident, boundary oriented self instead of a yes-girl.
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