5 crucial tools women need to stop sexual harassment

So much of the focus in the media lately has been on the impropriety of eminent men sexually harassing women, with no attention to teaching teenagers the tools of prevention. I’m focusing this blog on five things girls need to take care of themselves with full knowledge that boys have just as much or more to learn in this regard. Listen to my upcoming blog on how to educate boys about sexual … [Read more...]

Raising girl’s self-esteem and grit: Un-Words critical for girls to embrace

There are some crucial qualities girls need to develop self-esteem and grit. I described four of these in a previous blog, and today I am adding four more “un-words” to the list. Unaffected: The happiest girls I know are the ones who don’t care what other people think about them. They don’t give their power away by allowing disrespectful words or gossip to hurt their feelings, and they make … [Read more...]

The best present for kids this holiday: failure!

The best present your child can receive this holiday season is opportunity: to fail, to cooperate, and to slow down and do nothing. Forget the latest fads in clothes, toys, and technology. What every child needs are more opportunities for growth, grit, creativity, innovation, and daydreaming. If you are not prepared to be wrong and make mistakes, you will never create anything original. Ken … [Read more...]

042: Husbands and Fathers: The Nature of the Beast

There are important evolutionary reasons why dads act the way they do. In this podcast, Dr. Jordan will discuss the wiring of the male brain and the conditioning men received growing up that has influenced the way dads behave. He will talk about issues such as why dads work so much, why they have a hard time just listening without trying to fix everything, and how dads really can relate to their … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]