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...]

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...]

Dads and Daughters

 I just finished facilitating a 3 day retreat with 25 father-daughter pairs at a horse ranch in California. The girls were ages 7-9 years and one was cuter than the next. I was struck with what a special relationship dads have with girls at this age. Girls still look up to their daddies as heroes, and dads feel free to be affectionate and nurturing. But more interesting to me was how dads could … [Read more...]