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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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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 Tone - Physical Labor for Verbal Assaults

So, The Tone has not resolved itself. The Tone used to be directed only at me. But, now. . . It could lash itself on the little brother. . . the neighbor . . . friends. I've taken to making her do chores when it gets out of control. Talk…
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Ophelia and Unconscious Puberty

Books such as Reviving Ophelia, Saving Beauty From the Beast, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Odd Girl Out and Girlfighting have elucidated the cultural context that puts so many adolescent girls at risk. But that's only one part of the story. Daughters…
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Life Coach: Dancing Away

Children learn their most significant and lasting lessons about autonomy and independence before the age of five. As a child begins to test her legs in the world, most of her initial walking away is from her mother. With her newfound skills,…
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Maternal Influence - REAL Power

Though I acknowledge that the culture at large plays a significant role in our views of ourselves as women, ultimately the beliefs and behavior of our individual mothers exert a far stronger influence. In most cases, she is the first to teach…