Category: girl empowerment

A Cautionary Tale: Choosing The Right Side of History in America

The following short story is a work of fiction. It features entirely fictional characters and is based on true events in America. It is subtle at times. After all, you can still walk into the grocery store and see row after row of food. You can still go to the movies and marvel over the... Read more »

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday

Now We Are Six: Hopes For My Youngest Girl On Her Birthday
For the third time, I have a daughter turning six.  Each girl’s life at the time of her sixth birthday is imprinted in my mind. When my oldest daughter turned six, we were two months into reuniting with her birth family. She started kindergarten the week of her sixth birthday, and she was one of... Read more »

8 Yr Old Girl Talks About Asking Hasbro, #WheresRey in Star Wars Monopoly?

8 Yr Old Girl Talks About Asking Hasbro, #WheresRey in Star Wars Monopoly?
Let 8-year-old Annie Rose tell you in her own words why she wrote to Hasbro asking “How could you leave out Rey?!” Annie Rose has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice now. She really loves the character of Rey, because she is a strong, intelligent female. When Annie Rose learned that the newest version... Read more »
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Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up

Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up
The following is a guest post by Emily Roberts, The Guidance Girl, in honor of the release of her excellent new book, Express Yourself: A Teen Girl’s Guide To Speaking Up and Being Who You Are. “I wasn’t thinking; it’s all a blur.” This was the answer I received from not just one, but five... Read more »

To My Last Baby On Her Last Year of Preschool

Dearest C, Today you visited your “new” preschool classroom.  I say “new” with a smile, because you have already been a student at your school for the previous two years. And before that, you were a baby who came to this school every day to drop off and pick up your big sister Annie Rose... Read more »

All You Need To See Is My Smile, Right, Mommy?

Tonight I am participating in an event called Blogapalooza for ChicagoNow.  We receive a topic at 9 pm CST and have until 10 pm CST to write and publish a post.  Here is the topic: “Write about something you learned or experienced since you woke up this morning.” I have decided to write about little... Read more »
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Brave Girls Want Equality. Let's Make It Happen.

Brave Girls Want Equality.  Let's Make It Happen.
It was the first day of summer camp.  The counselor gave the children white tented cards.  “Write your name and your favorite thing – what’s most important to you– on the name cards,” she instructed. Six-year-old Annie Rose carefully wrote her name.  Underneath it, she drew a picture of two smiling little girls, one with... Read more »

How Much Stage Makeup Should Little Girls Wear?

This week, my 6-yr-old daughter skated in her first ice exhibition.  Usually, she insists on doing her own hair and picking her own clothes, so it was a major victory when she agreed to let me comb down her spiky bangs (the result of giving herself a unique haircut two months ago) and smooth her... Read more »

Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger. It’s not true, and here is why.

Stop telling kids that being bullied will make them stronger.  It’s not true, and here is why.
Human beings are hard-wired to belong.  We are social beings and we derive happiness from positive interactions with other living creatures, especially people.  What happens when we are rejected?  We experience very real psychological and physical symptoms of pain, such as anxiety, depression, stomach aches, sleeplessness, headaches and panic attacks. I have noticed a continuing... Read more »
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Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!

Bullied Is A National Parenting Publications Award Gold Medal Winner!
It is my delight to announce that my nonfiction book Bullied has been named a Gold Medal Winner by the National Parenting Publications Awards.  This is the highest honor they give out, and it brings great joy to me. Bullied is a book that can be used by a wide variety of people with varying... Read more »