girls

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 […]

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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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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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We don’t mean to do it.  But so many of us do it anyway. “This is my shy one.” “She’s my tom boy.” “He’s my clown.” “She’s my reader.” “He’s my little athlete.” “She’s great in spelling.” “He’s great in math.” “She doesn’t like sports.” “He can’t sit still for a minute.” When we label […]

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Girls rock.  Put a bunch together and it can be a great deal of fun, laughs and heart to heart conversations. Except when it isn’t. Sometimes groups of girls have problems getting along.  They fight, gossip and hurt each other’s feelings.  At times it feels like a uphill battle while at the same time a […]

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“I want to wear the pink socks.” “Honey, you have a blue and white dress on.  Please just wear the white socks.” “But I want to wear the pink socks!” “Tallie, I’m exhausted.  Please stop arguing with me.” “I want to wear the pink socks!” “Fine! Wear the pink socks!” My 4 year old daughter […]

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The first thing my daughter, Tallie, wanted to do this morning was go downstairs and have me read her two Spiderman stories from her brother’s new Adventures of Spiderman book he received for Hanukkah last night.  So that’s what I did.  It was from that book that I read her a good night story before […]

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(Note; My Today Show Health Report Interview on this topic included below) The internet blew up yesterday with applause for Jennifer Livingston, a TV anchor in Wisconsin, who spoke out about fat hatred and what I call, “body bullying” after receiving a derogatory email from a viewer about her weight. The viewer’s email read; “Obesity […]

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These days, the word “fat” comes with a lot of baggage.  Studies tell us that fat is continually associated with unflattering words like lazy, ugly, blameworthy, gross, and unpopular.  But it wasn’t always that way.  If you look at some of the vintage ads, thin was definitely NOT always in. “Enjoy life!” “Put on 5 […]

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It’s International Women’s Day—a day to reflect on the amazing women and girls in our lives but also to ponder what’s to come for the up and coming women in the world. As the mother of a young girl and a speaker who works with girls and women with regard to leadership, confidence, mentoring, and […]

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