Teen Journey for Girls

Dr. Tim and our amazing staff lead a weekend retreat just for high school girls (9th - 12th). Go to Campweloki.com for more information.   … [Read more...]

Dad’s Unique Gifts For Their Daughters

Dads have a unique role to play in raising girls who are confident, resilient, and happy. Here are a few gifts that dads give to their daughters.  After spending 2 three-day weekend retreats in Pennsylvania and California with dads and their 7-9 year old daughters, my belief in the power of play has been rekindled. And I don't mean just play, I mean rough and tumble play. There is research … [Read more...]

Girls and Body Image

I had a group of high school girls and boys at my camp last week draw pictures of the ideal woman at the age of 21 years.  I separated the boys and girls for the drawings, and then had each group share their work with the other.  The results should be a wake-up call to anyone who loves kids. I asked them to describe this woman based on what they had been seeing, hearing, and experiencing  from … [Read more...]

A Spa Night at Camp

I just finished spending a week with 50 girls going into the 5th-9th grade at my Strong Girls Strong World Camp. When I told people what I was going to be up to, most of them rolled their eyes and and said something to the effect of: "Why would anyone want to spend a week with hormonal girls embroiled in mega-drama?" Actually, why would you NOT want to hang with girls of this age? By the way, … [Read more...]

A Fish Out of Water

I have decided that all the people who have been telling us for the past 40-50 years that girls lose their self esteems in middle and high school are off the mark. They have missed the forest for the trees. Can adolescent girls  have moments when they feel and act insecure? Of course. Are there times when they seem to lack confidence? Yep. But that is true of each and every one of you who are … [Read more...]

LEAN BACK, NOT IN!!!

"Don't lean back, lean in. Put your foot to that gas pedal and keep it there until the day you have to make a decision, and then make a decision. That's the only way, when that day comes, you'll have a decision to make." Sheryl Sandberg- commencement address to Barnard College Sheryl Sandberg is NOT helping the cause of adolescent girls and young women. In fact, her message is incredibly … [Read more...]