Posts tagged building self-esteem in girls

“The Secret Life of Girls” A Drama about Girl Bullying at the Dallas Children’s Theatre


I wish I were able to get the whole news clip for you here…but believe me when I say it’s worth a visit to this CBS local news affiliate website to check out what the Dallas Children’s Theater’s resident playwright, Linda Daugherty, has to say about “The Secret Life of Girls.”

I’m headed to Dallas this weekend to see the play on Friday and then present a 75min. workshop based on Friendship & Other Weapons to a group of Moms and Daughters before Saturday’s performance of The Secret Life of Girls.  Really looking forward to the trip!

Girls Rule! Check out “The Best in Me” PSA Video from the Girl Scouts


I adore little girls who are confident in the knowledge that they can do anything and be anyone!  Check out this empowering new PSA from the Girl Scouts and share it with a little girl you love.

What Every Dad Should Know About Their Daughter


A friend of mine shared the link to this great article about the important role that dads play in the lives of their daughters. 

It’s challenging to articulate the influence a father has on a little girl.  How much of his attitude and actions toward her can determine her future relationships.  I remember how much stock I placed in what my dad thought of me.  I remember how much I wanted him to be proud of me.  To affirm me.  To show me my value.

Author Gina McClain then shares her suggestions for how Dads can affirm and value their daughters.  For a touching read, please check it out:

What to Say When Your Daughter Says, “Mom, I’m Fat.”


What do you say when your daughter says, “Mom, I’d fat?”  This Mom couldn’t have said it any better:

There’s Nothing More Badass Than Being Yourself

Thought this photo was the PERFECT image to accompany the Huffington Post article I wrote yesterday, celebrating my daughter’s free spirit and creative thinking:

Thinner, Sexier, Hotter: 3 Ways to Help Your Daughter Resist Media Pressures


How many times have you heard your daughter singing along to a popular song on the radio and innocently belting out the kind of lyrics that would otherwise get her sent to her room? In the moment, you believe (desperately want to believe!) that she is unaware of the innuendo and unaffected by its explicit content. But messages embedded in song lyrics, along with video imagery, and advertising influence do have an impact on the ways girls think about themselves and their relationships with others. Without having to resort to a full-on pop music ban or complete shunning of media, you can help your daughters-and other young girls-become aware of media messages that violate values and degrade girls.

Please check out my article at Huff Post for ideas on talking to girls about media pressures:,b=facebook

Miss Representation: How Girls are Influenced by the Media


Wow. Some things you know intuitively, but you don’t take the time to consider how astounding they are until someone puts all of the pieces together like this filmmaker did.   In Friendship & Other Weapons, parents and professionals have three chapters devoted to helping kids examine media influences and pressures, knowing that awareness can build resistance.

Please check out this amazing short film–with your daughter!

Happy Day of the Girl


Today is International Day of the Girl!  To celebrate the occasion, New Moon Girls is officially kicking off their Girl Caught Campaign to help raise awareness–and build resilience–in girls about the impact of media messaging.  Check out their site, download your own set of Girl-Caught stickers, and help change the world, one girl at a time:


Girl-Caught is a Great Activity to Build Awareness in Your Daughter


In honor of September 22’s Day of the Girl, New Moon Girls is launching its Girl-Caught campaign, designed to give each of us an empowering way to comment on media messages about girls and women.

You’ve heard about baby beauty pageants, lingerie marketed to pre-schoolers, and JC Penney’s, “I”m too pretty to do my homework” T-shirt.  The Girl-Caught campaign aims to raise awareness about these ubiquitous and degrading media messages because, as I write in Friendship & Other Weapons, “When girls are aware of how entertainment and advertising images are altered, they are better able to resist the pressures of “measuring up” to the images.”

Get involved in Girl-Caught with your own daughter.  Log in to the New Moon Girls site to download or print out your own Girl-Caught stickers.  Paste them to the negative or positive Girl-Catches you find, then upload them to Girl-Caught!  This is a great, interactive campaign that parents and kids can enjoy–and learn through–together. 

Most of all, Girl-Caught “encourages girls to think critically about media images and to become informed consumers rather
than passive recipients of the media.” (Whitson, 2011).


Mamas: Grab a Tissue, Then Read This…


…fantastic, funny, bittersweet, heartwarming post from the Pigtail Pals blog: 


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