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My Face/Her Face

by Tracee Sioux I am deeply struck by this photograph which I found on About Face, a non-profit company which combats negative images of women in the media. Without taking a right or wrong stance about plastic surgery, this photograph of a mother…

Belle - Battered Codependent

By now no one will be surprised when I say that I’m not a huge fan of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Some might see Belle as a redeeming character because she is smart and loves to read. She is, after all, bright enough to tell Gaston, the…
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Inevitable Arguing

I heard about a mother who believes mothers should pick one thing to intentionally argue with their daughters about. She chose clothes. If her daughter liked a shirt she would scrunch up her nose and call it too short. If her daughter said…
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Sibling Envy

The only cure for sentiments like this is extra attention. So, I put aside my own need to lie in bed with a book all day on Sunday and took her to town where we went window shopping. Left Zack with Daddy. What do you do when your kids get…
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Empowering Girls: Criticize Daughters' DNA

A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem. Naomi Wolf The reverse is also true. Divorce expert M. Gary Neuman says the worst thing any parent can do to their child is to criticize…
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Empowering Girls: Dutch Blitz Has Body Issues

Dutch Blitz has some body image issues. She used to be a size 15 and she still feels unacceptably fat sometimes, though the scale and the tag in her clothes tell her she's not. I know this because I've read her very honest and poignant blogs…

Empowering Girls: Mommy/Daughter Day Report

You're always ignoring me. It's inappropriate. It hurts my feelings and it makes me sad and mad. You should listen to me when I talk to you, Ainsley informed me during our Mommy/Daughter Day on Saturday. You're right. I'm sorry. You have a…
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Empowering Girls: I Would Pick You

If I were picking daughters off the shelf I would pick you Ainsley. If I were picking Mommies of the shelf I would pick you Mommy. (Idea taken from Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter)