Burned out youth athletes: it’s time to abolish college athletic scholarships

It’s time to abolish college sports and thus scholarships for athletes, and return the focus on campus to education. More importantly, this might have a trickle-down effect to lessen the pressure of youth sports. The $10.6 billion-dollar revenue of NCAA sports is matched today by a youth sports economy that brings in about $15.3 billion, a 55% increase since 2010. Like college sports, youth sports … [Read more...]

040: The Ups and Downs of College Freshmen

Three women discuss their experiences and several other topics related to their first few months of college, including: adjustment to new life, homesickness, the sorority rush process, downside of phones and social media, boys, and the social awkwardness of their generation. … [Read more...]

Best antidote to bullying: 86,400 reasons to not sweat the small stuff

The lesson of the following story applies so well to the girls that I work with and the issue of bullying. You have $86,400 in your account and someone stole $10 from you; would you be so upset with them that you’d be willing to throw all of the $86,400 away in hopes of getting back at the person who took your $10? Or move on and live? Right, you’d move on and live. See, we have 86,400 seconds … [Read more...]

039: Dads are NOT male moms!

In this podcast, Dr. Jordan will describe research on the effects of having a father involved in the lives of daughters. You will also learn the value of two unique ways that dads interact with girls: rough and tumble play, and teasing and bantering. Lastly, Dr. Jordan will explain the importance of dad modeling a respectful relationship with their daughters and their spouse as the template for … [Read more...]

Sexual harassment begins in the hallways of middle school

The Harvey Weinstein saga might hopefully shine a light on a problem much closer to home: the issue of teen girls being sexually harassed at school. Adolescent girls get groped primarily in the hallways and classrooms at school, but girls also experience guys grinding on them on the dance floor at mixers and any place where they are not supervised. Sexual harassment is so common that many girls I … [Read more...]

Attention parents! 5 key phrases for raising amazing children

I don’t subscribe to formulas for raising children, but I want to share 5 key phrases that should be present in every parent’s tool box. These idioms will help you raise kids who have self-motivation, self-efficacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and who feel loved, supported, and understood. So here goes. “What will you do?” Second grader Sophia was upset because her teacher … [Read more...]

038: Self-Advocacy

Self-advocacy is a critical skill for girls to acquire and practice. In this podcast, Dr. Jordan will use real life and anecdotal stories to help parents learn how to let go and teach kids how to speak up for themselves. He will use examples of sibling rivalry, handling issues with friends, teachers, and coaches, and dealing with other life challenges. … [Read more...]

Are soldiers and 1st responders our finest heroes? Perhaps not

The recent controversial kneel-downs by athletes at professional sporting events during the national anthem typically ends up in a discussion about respecting the flag and the heroes who have died fighting for it. Often athletes and first responders are thrown into the mix of heroes we should be honoring. But what about the women and men who wield pens, books, whistles, scalpels, and listening … [Read more...]

037: How to Prepare Your 5 Year Old for College – Part II

The qualities discussed in this podcast are ones I hope all girls leave home with at age 18. Some of which include taking risks and challenging themselves, grit, mindfulness, experiencing flow, street smarts, and self-love. This podcast gives 7 more practical tips on how to parent young girls so they can achieve a life of contentment, fulfillment, happiness, and success. … [Read more...]

Is it time to do away with homework?

Every kid complains of excessive homework, but these days many parents have joined the chorus of “More may not be better”. We’ve all become slaves to the prevailing notion that the primary focus of childhood should be getting top grades, taking AP classes, and building your college résumé while ignoring skills like social-emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and the arts. Grade school has … [Read more...]