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...]

Adolescent Girls Lose Self-Esteem? I Don’t Buy It!!

We have been reading in the literature since the 1970's that girls starting in middle school lose their self-esteem and don't get it back for years.  But from my experiences working with girls at these ages, I don't buy this mantra. I wrote in a recent blog about our "spa night" at our all-girls camp, trying to capture the spirit of that week.  What girls have demonstrated to me over and … [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...]

Are Teachers Harder On Girls?

The old logic held that teachers were harder on boys and that boys got into trouble a lot more than girls. I ran a weekend retreat recently for middle school girls and they had a different perspective on this issue. These girls felt like teachers were much harder on the girls because they had much higher expectations for girls academically. Girls saw evidence each day that boys were less … [Read more...]

Cooperation Trumps Competition

I recently saw a documentary entitled I Am, and was ecstatic to get some science behind my beliefs about competition. When I work with girls in the classroom with my Strong Girls Strong World program, or with boys and girls on retreats and summer camps, I try to get them to experience the difference between being in a community where competition rules vs. an environment where cooperation reigns. … [Read more...]

Girls Need Sacred Spaces!

I have a weekend retreat coming up in a few weeks for middle school girls, and it reminds me of how important it is for all girls and women, but perhaps most importantly for girls in this age group, to have safe, sacred spaces to share their stories. Girls, much more so than boys, are wired to connect. And as their estrogen starts to rise as preteens, their hormones prime that connecting pump … [Read more...]