Twenty-five years ago Dr. Mary Pipher’s seminal book Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Our Adolescent Girls was released. The book, which was built on Pipher’s own experiences being a family and child therapist, explores the difficulty of growing into adolescence as a girl, and it was a revelation for parents of the mid-’90s who were wondering where their happy teen girl went the minute she hit puberty. The book offered adults insight into a world that was otherwise closed to them: the emotional lives of their own teenage daughters. Pipher presented problems and solutions around teenage girlhood and reminded readers that the best parent is the one who helps their teenage daughters be their authentic selves. The book has never gone out of print.
What Today’s Teen Girls Need to Hear From Their Parents