When the Image in the Mirror Doesn’t Match the Image on the Camera – or Ways to Appear Confident When You Are Not

I had planned to put together a post about how to appear confident even when you don't feel it. As I was trying to put my son to sleep yesterday afternoon I was composing it in my head, thinking, this sounds good; it should be pretty quick to write. I made mental notes about what … Continue reading When the Image in the Mirror Doesn’t Match the Image on the Camera – or Ways to Appear Confident When You Are Not

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“I was so Embarrassed!” Trying to Teach my Child About Humiliation

"Mom, I said a joke at school today and nobody at my table laughed," Abby said during supper one evening. "I was so embarrassed that none of my friends laughed." She was barely able to keep from crying. "Maybe they don't like me!" "Don't worry about it, sweetheart. Sometimes people might not always laugh at … Continue reading “I was so Embarrassed!” Trying to Teach my Child About Humiliation

Princess Culture, Revisited

Almost three years ago, I wrote a post entitled The Princess Culture: View From a Former Princess.  You can read it here. In the post, I argued that modern society is creating a cultural phenomena of a generation of girls who grow up thinking they are or want to be princesses. I spoke at large about … Continue reading Princess Culture, Revisited

Embracing the Gray

I found my first gray hair at age eighteen. I pulled it out each time it appeared on the top of my head, wiry and kinky curly. "Maybe you'll be like your grandma," my mom teased me, "she was totally gray by the time she was thirty." Oh, please no, I prayed. I remember my … Continue reading Embracing the Gray

Our Daily Affirmation

A few months ago I started repeating a daily affirmation at bedtime with my daughter. I think it is an important part of each day. All too early in life girls are told by society, either by media, other kids, or by adults (either intentionally or unintentionally) that they must fit in to a certain … Continue reading Our Daily Affirmation

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Yesterday evening I stayed late at work to interview a potential new associate for an open position. While waiting we were making small talk and she asked me how long I had been in my current job. I told her four years, but I had been working at the hospital in various positions for seventeen … Continue reading Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

Raising a Girl Who Believes She Can

"Mom, Mason says I can't play with the football because I am a girl." "When we play Mason says I can't be a fireman." "Mason says he is stronger than me."These are just some of the comments that my daughter, Abby, tells me on the car ride home from daycare. "Tell Mason he can mind … Continue reading Raising a Girl Who Believes She Can