Donna Marie Cooper-O'Boyle has an excellent post about our culture's pressures on young girls.
There are so many more things I worry about with my daughter than I do with my sons, so many more fears I have, and so many ways in which I feel inadequate to the task. I know that other parents feel the pressure too; my sister and I were just talking on the phone this morning about one of her daughters' experiences with the Not-Nice Girls at her school.
I know I can't shield my daughter from everything--but at 11, she's just about to have to face so many challenges. I hope I'll be able to help her weather the storms ahead.