Parents urged to restore “strong bonds” with daughters

By Frank Stirk | February 22, 2011

American psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax believes parents who give their daughters too much freedom could end up not noticing their hidden anxieties.  

Sax told the Vancouver Sun parents need to be firm, for example, not allowing their children access to cell phones when trying to talk to them, or at night when they should be sleeping.  

“You’ve got to step up and be the parent,” he said. “In every enduring culture, there are strong bonds across generations. We have broken those bonds.”  

Sax noted a recent University of Victoria study that found even successful and popular girls were three times more likely than boys to harm themselves. 

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