Helping fierce teenage girls become awesome women.
SHORTLISTED FOR NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, ABIA AWARDS 2018
Is your daughter 14? Are you struggling to know what's going on inside her head? Are you worried?
This is the book that can help you understand how she's feeling, what she's thinking and what you need to do to help her navigate her tricky teens to become a fabulous woman.
BEING 14 gives a voice to every teen girl in Australia. Madonna King has interviewed 200 14-year-old girls across the country, talked to successful school principals, psychologists, CEOs, police, guidance and neuroscientists to reveal the social, psychological and physical challenges every 14-year-old girl is facing today.
-How much independence do they need?
-What is the power of a friendship group?
-How do you help build self-confidence?
-Why the obsession with selfies, social media and FOMO?
-How are parents unknowingly making life so much harder for them?
Overwhelmingly, these young girls - on the brink of womanhood - struggle to tell their parents how they feel. That's why BEING 14 gives you the answers you are looking for. It's your daughter, talking to you. And her hope, beyond anything, is that you will listen.
'valuable for any parents of teens or pre-teens' SUNDAY TIMES
valuable for any parents of teens or pre-teens - SUNDAY TIMES
...a comprehensive guide for parents in understanding what daughters need to grow into awesome women. - New Idea
If you have a young teenage daughter, this book will help you navigate those complex, challenging years. - Good Health
A deeply thoughtful and enlightening exploration of the world of 14 year old girls. I was impressed by the respect and sensitivity shown towards girls at this critical developmental stage and the breadth and depth of the research. It candidly highlights the complexities our girls face -and sometimes the mistakes they make - while also rejoicing in their great strengths and the way they so passionately want to contribute positively to the world around them. - MARISE McCONAGHY - Principal, Strathcona Girls' Grammar in Victoria
Just as adolescent girls can be frustrating, confusing and complex, so too are they wonderful, inspiring and earnest. While many authors attempt to unravel the complexity of the adolescent girl, few have approached it with the curiosity, compassion and thoughtfulness of Madonna King. "Being 14" is a book for anyone wanting to look beyond the cliches surrounding adolescent girls to really understand and celebrate these passionate, optimistic and determined young women. - JODY FORBES, School Psychologist & Student Counselling Coordinator, Brisbane Girls Grammar School
She's become the voice of current affairs - Anna Bligh on Madonna King
skilfully deconstructs complex science . . . easily accessible for lay and professional readers alike. - AUSTRALIAN MEDICINE on IAN FRAZER: THE MAN WHO SAVED A MILLION LIVES
a comprehensive guide to what your daughter is thinking and going through - SA Life
Madonna King is one of Australia's most accomplished journalists, having won awards for her ABC Mornings current affairs program. She writes across Fairfax, Crikey and The New Daily, and is the author of ten books, including the bestselling Being 14 (ABIA shortlisted for non-fiction book of the year) and Fathers and Daughters. She is also the biographer of Australian of the Year Professor Ian Frazer and former treasurer Joe Hockey. In 2018, Madonna served as chair of the Queensland Government's Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce, set up in the wake of COAG. A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, she has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology and on the Walkley Advisory Board. Her website www.madonnaking.com.au provides further detail. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and two teenage daughters.