Dr. Robyn Silverman on The Today Show Talking about Body Image & Her New Book!

Dr. Robyn sat down with Meredith Vieira on The Today Show to talk about body image, her book

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It was a great Good Morning America segment this morning!  We focused on a new viral Verizon campaign and ad that questions whether it’s time to move from telling our girls that she’s simply “pretty” to telling them that they are “pretty brilliant” too. What are we telling our girls about their abilities in math and science?  Can we attract more girls into STEM?  We explored this topic.

GMA verizongirlsvideo 800400 300x156 Verizon Viral Ad for Girls: What are We Telling Our Daughters about Math and Science?Why are we seeing greater numbers of ads reaching out to young girls and women giving them the message they can be more?

First, let’s not forget that these companies want to sell products and in these ads they are appealing to big markets, women and girls. But aside from that, I think these companies are seeing that by moving away from looks and celebrating the strong minds of girls, they can inspire a larger pool of future game-changers.  These are the people who can invent something important and become the next generation of leaders in their companies. We are looking for leaders, not hood ornaments.

The ad quotes a statistic- 66% of 4th grade girls say they like science and math, but only 18% of all college engineering majors are female. So where does the disconnect happen? Is it the fault, as the ad suggests, of parents?

Parents get such a bad rap—but it’s not just parents, it’s society as a whole.  If a girl is interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math, many of the toys that support those interests are in the “boy” section, the protagonists of the majority of books & movies in this genre are boys—and while there are companies and wonderful grass roots efforts to change that, there is still a [click to continue…]

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Mom Leaves Child in Car for Five Minutes and is Charged with Misdemeanor

June 26, 2014 Parenting

ABC US News | ABC International News Kim Brooks left her child in the car for 5 minutes to run into a store and get her child a pair of ear phones.  Her four year old son stayed in the locked car, the windows cracked on a mild day because he didn’t want to go […]

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Louis C.K.’s “Fat Girl” Scene Strikes a Cord with Women Everywhere

June 3, 2014 Body Image

Last week, I was on Good Morning America to talk about Louis C.K.’s now famous “Fat Girl” scene in which actress Sarah Baker, gives a unique and honest perspective about being “a fat-girl in her 30s living in New York City.” And while some still complained that the scene was far from perfect, others found […]

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Lorde of the Tweets: Lorde tells fans it’s ok to have flaws

April 2, 2014 Body Image

On Good Morning America this morning, we talked about Grammy-winner, Lorde and her most recent viral tweet that showed two photos.  One photo showed Lorde with flawless skin, photoshopped to perfection.  The other photo showed Lorde completely natural, skin imperfections and all. Why is this significant? Lorde is a superstar with millions of fans.  And […]

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How Can Parents Instill Their Top Values in Their Children?

March 18, 2014 Parenting

Resilience, empathy and leadership. Respect, compassion and perseverance. Authenticity, gratitude and integrity. In preparation for my presentation Creating a Community of Character: Inspiring our children to become role models for The American Camp Association tomorrow, I asked my Facebook audience yesterday for their top 3 values that they would like to see in their children.  […]

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GMA Interview: Women Get The Covergirl Photoshop Treatment And Are Surprised By the Result

February 21, 2014 Body Image

I was interviewed for GMA’s story on Buzzfeed’s photoshop “experiment” with four women who got the model treatment.  The women had their hair and make-up done, wardrobes chosen and bodies directed in a photo shoot.  But it didn’t end there.  Photoshop then went to work!  Lines were erased, bodies were narrowed and birth marks were […]

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Should Barbie Be on the Cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?

February 20, 2014 Body Image

You’ve got to admit, it’s a perfect pairing. SI swimsuit issue is all about idealized beauty and fantasy.  So is Barbie. Where we cross some lines is by putting a child’s toy on a magazine for men—Barbie is a plastic object—standing among swimsuit models.  Are we saying that the real women are also to be […]

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Losing More Than Half of Herself: Is The Biggest Loser Really The Biggest Winner?

February 5, 2014 Body Image

Former athlete, Rachel Frederickson, won The Biggest Loser last night after shrinking from 260 pounds to 105 pounds.  That means, in a matter of months, Rachel Frederickson took 60% of her body weight off of her 5’4” frame and took home the 250,000 dollar prize for her achievement. It’s certainly extreme. Record-breaking, in fact. Frederickson is […]

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Goal-setting for Kids 101: Seven Things to Ask Your Children About Their Goals

January 22, 2014 Parenting

My daughter’s current goal is to learn how to do a cartwheel. She’s four years old and loves gymnastics.  And while some might believe that goal-setting with a preschooler might seem premature, I beg to differ.  I figure, teach them now and it will be a natural part of their lives forever more. Of course […]

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