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Warning Mothers: Abort Girl Empowerment Mission, Quick!

Abort mission! Abort mission! Before it's too late! Quick! Stop laughing at your toddler girls' sassy comments. Stop being amused when she half-rudely, but oh-so-cutely, spouts off. You're not raising an empowered woman. It was all a ruse. You're…
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Emotional Trauma Prediction

Seek and ye shall find. Matthew 7:7 Since we're on the topic of emotional habits that backfire ("Just" a Word, 50 Shades of Being Treated Like Shit is Hot, Body Forgiveness)  I've got another one that I have been guilty of and likely…
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My Hero (pssst...It's Me!)

             MY HERO               BY: AINSLEY   One of the people I admire is my mom.  First, one reason she is my hero is she is brave. She is brave because she likes to do dare-devil things. One thing she did that…
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The Girl Revolution in New York Times Magazine

Very Public Exposure Ainsley and I were in the New York Times Magazine on Friday. It was risky and scary, though important, because the topic was early puberty. TGR Body, our craptastic-ingredient-free skincare line (many skincare products…
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Life Coach: Teen Payback - Look Out!

Here's the scene: Grandma and Grandpa have come to visit. We're sitting around the dinner table. "Was my Mom a good teenager or a bad teenager?" Ainsley asked with a bit of a mischievous look in her eye. Pause. Forks in the air. My…
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The Beauty of Flawed Parenting

Our job as parents is not to be flawless or perfect. Our job is to be our incredible, flawed selves with grace and humor so we can teach our children how to fall down and get back up. Fall down, get back up. Fall down, get back up.…

Emotional Osmosis

I talk a lot about emotional osmosis, the idea that feelings are passed down from parent to child, which is how we inherit negative body image, abusive cycles in relationships and similar addictions to our family members. The only cure, of…
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Obama Budget Includes Family Leave Insurance

The proposed United States Budget, currently before Congress, includes a little-publicized, no-drama, brilliant piece of funding and legislation. This is brilliant. This is long overdue. Currently, in the United States of America many disability…

The Girl Cell, Eve Ensler on TED

This TED Talk is worth the 20 minutes. Eve Ensler is amazing. The best part is the end when she monologues from her new book,I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World.
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Complaining Adds Up

Complaining became a big problem in our house when . . . well, since I moved into it. But, I tried to resolve the issue with the Complaint Free World Bracelet. Which brought to light the fact that nearly every word out of my mouth is a complaint.…

International Science of Happiness Conference

The Science of Happiness "Not surprisingly, that science has found that beyond a certain minimum level of income, greater happiness comes from strong and plentiful human connections, a sense of control over one’s life and employment, meaningful…
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The Fat Fight

Robin Marantz Henig and Jess Zimmerman (of Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty Fame) wrote a piece about bodies, fat and the mother-daughter relationship. It pushed about every button I have. I've been in an internal debate with myself ever…