Reviewed by Kathie Smith

Princess Recovery is an excellent how-to book about raising daughters in a way that will help them avoid the “Princess Syndrome” in a media-driven world that often promotes princess-like thinking and behavior in young girls. Issues such as body image, entitlement, materialism, selfishness, unrealistic romantic notions, and focusing on outward appearances are at the heart of this book.

Each chapter begins with an explanation of a specific “Princess Symptom.” Hartstein discusses why it is a negative value, how young girls tend to learn it in the first place and realistic ways to counteract it. The true value of this book is the equally thorough and informative discussion of the positive alternative, or “Heroine Value,” to the corresponding “Princess Symptom.”

Hartstein doesn’t simply tell parents where they have gone wrong, she guides them toward helping their daughters learn healthier behaviors and stronger values. She reinforces the fact that parents are ultimately the ones who make the strongest and most lasting impressions. She points out ways parents may be unintentionally modeling negative behaviors and emphasizes the importance of self-evaluation as a part of helping them to achieve their parenting goals.

Princess Recovery delves beneath the surface and provides detailed explanations and genuinely helpful advice. It is a treasure trove of valuable information for parents to want to raise their daughters to be healthy, independent and thoughtful individuals.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Kathie is a writer, wife, mother and volunteer living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Her passion for the written word is fulfilled by creating her own fictional work, freelancing, acting as an adviser to another author, and reading with her six year old daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Adams Media. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.