The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life

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The Girls’ Guide to Conquering Life: How to Ace an Interview, Change a Tire, Talk to a Guy & 97 Other Skills You Need to Thrive by Erica and Jonathan Catherman is a helpful book that covers 100 skills that are handy for young women to know. The book spans a wide variety of topics: social skills and manners, work and ethics, wealth and money management, health and beauty, clothes and fashion, sports and recreation, cars and driving, food and cooking, tools and fix-it, and guys and dating.

My favorite pages talked about how to set a table, order from a menu, make a bed, sew on a button, and use an adjustable wrench. It would be best for parents to read this book prior to giving it to their daughters, because parents will need to determine what pages are age-appropriate for their daughters. They may want to teach their daughter some of the lessons covered in the book, such as leaving a tip or interviewing for a job, but their daughter may not be ready for other lessons, such as broiling steak, pan-searing fish, and lighting a charcoal grill. There are many different ways to approach the skills covered in the book, and as families read this book, they can discuss how their own approach might compare or differ with that of the authors.

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