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Empowering Girls: Goodbye Hannah

Goodbye Hannah Montana. I'm sick and tired of hearing your bratty little attitude and disrespect come out of my daughter's mouth. Months ago I tried to blame ME for my daughter's snotty tone and disrespectful banter. I tried to ban my "tone"…
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Empowering Girls: Nerd Girls

Check out these stats from a Newsweek story on Nerd Girls: Forty years ago women made up just 3 percent of science and engineering jobs; now they make up about 20 percent. That sounds promising, until you consider that women earn 56 percent…
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Empowering Girls: Early Puberty

Please click on this link to see a CNN news story about Body of Knowledge: Puberty. Girls today are reaching puberty around three years earlier than in previous generations. The average age of menstruation was 15 years, it is now 12. Many…
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Empowering Girls: Bike Riding

Ding Dong. Ding Dong. Hi! What can I do for you? Did you know your daughter is out riding her bike on the street? Kids DO ride bikes in their neighborhoods. They have, for like, generations. Well, I almost ran her over when she shot out…

Empowering Girls: Bossy Girls

Kathleen Deveny has a great article in Newsweek titled In Praise of Bossy Girls, about how we hear girls, but never boys, called Bossy when they take charge. We ask girls to walk a fine line between being strong and being likable. It's a line…

Empowering Girls: Mud Fight

It started to rain. The kids wanted to play in it. I went to make sure there was no lightening. Come out in the rain with us Mommy. I did. It felt lovely. Then the little one came at me with a mud clod and threw it at me. Laugh or lecture?…

Empowering Girls: It's Just Not About Them

By Tracee Sioux As I pull crayoned notes out of your Kindergarten backpack and read, Ainsley loves Brayden, my heart longs to make you understand that it’s just not about them. At the dawn of my 34th year, having given birth to my second…

Empowering Girls: No Name Calling

This article was originally published on Body Impolitic. by Tracee Sioux It's effective to make some rules when children are still very young to ensure a healthy self-image, including body image. Most parents forbid name calling when it comes…

Empowering Girls: Sexualization of Infants

Participate in this writing exercise by finishing this sentence: People should not buy high heels for infant girls because . . . The company, Heelarious, thinks dressing infant girls in their first high heels "is hilarious." I think…

Empowering Girls: Chore Chart

Can we go out for Chinese? No. I want to we go out for Chinese? No. How come we can't go out for Chinese? Because I just took a trip and we're going on vacation in a month and we need to save our money. I think I need a job. I could…

Empowering Girls: Great Dads

by Tracee Sioux When considering things that go into raising a confident, strong daughter having the benefit of a great dad ranks right up there. As I watched my husband twirl Ainsley around a dance floor Friday night - and even flip her…

Empowering Girls: Clean Your Room!

EIGHT hours later we emerged with a giant garbage bag full of trash - kindergarten papers, church papers, artwork, broken toys, mucked up play makeup, pieces of jewelry, rocks and sea shells. We also had a giant bag of clothes - clothes she's…