How a negative label caused the loss of a powerful female leader

Charlotte was eight years old when she heard the words that would kill her spirit. She overheard her 3rd grade teacher describing her to her mother in words that hurt her soul. “The kids don’t like playing with Charlotte because she is too bossy to everybody, and she always has to have it her way.”  From that day forward, Charlotte became overly careful about every word that came out of her … [Read more...]

How Amy lost her light

Amy’s dad passed away when she was 12 years old, but the biggest harm to her occurred before his death. After her parents divorced when she was 7, her dad had intermittently been in and out of her life. He had some addiction issues, so even when she spent weekends with him, he was often numbed out and not present. She learned to take care of herself and him in those times, and it forced her to … [Read more...]

Best diet for adolescent girls

Seven in ten girls believe they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school, and relationships with friends. And a girl’s self-esteem is more strongly related to how she views her own body shape and weight than how much she actually weighs. 42% of first, second, and third grade girls want to lose weight, and close to 50% of nine-eleven year … [Read more...]

How We Are Messing Up Girls

How are parents and the culture messing up girls today? On the one hand, we are conditioning girls to focus on being competitive, driven, ambitious, willing to step on people to get to the top, and individual achievement.  But we are still holding girls to the standard of being 'good girls'; i.e. be nice to everyone, put other people's needs before your own, don't stand out, be obedient and … [Read more...]