Depression? Suicidal thoughts? Best tool for girls is to savor the moment

One of the best tools I have found to counter depression and anxiety in girls is for them to “savor each moment”. Teens today are scurrying around busy and distracted, and often don’t spend time taking in the good things surrounding them. People with depression often focus on the negatives and what they don’t have vs. what they do possess. Learning to savor the moment is the perfect antidote to … [Read more...]

“Un-Words” girls desperately need to gain self-esteem and happiness

I have come across a slew of “UN-Words” that describe some essential qualities all girls require for a healthy transformation from a girl to a woman. These virtues are also needed for gaining self-esteem, passion, and happiness. Unreachable: Girls need to have times in each day when they are unplugged from technology, where their friends can't get a hold of them. Why? So they have time to … [Read more...]

Best remedy for stressed out teenagers

Stress levels in teenagers are higher than that for adults, and adolescents continue to underestimate the potential impact that stress has on their physical and mental health. After spending three weeks at my summer camp for girls, I rediscovered the key ingredient for reducing their stress: slowing the pace of life. This slowing down process took on many forms at camp. The most impactful way … [Read more...]

Are you a prisoner of your phone?

After spending 2 of the last 3 weeks at our camp, I’m reminded of the benefits of unplugging from cell phones and social media, and especially for adolescent girls. Many girls truly are prisoners of their devices, tethered to them 24/7 with the incessant noise and information that buzzes from them. When they hand over their phones at our check-in table, many girls are a little jittery, not certain … [Read more...]

Why coloring is good for your soul

Why are so many adults and teenagers starting to spend time coloring? In a word, stress. Recent data shows that stress levels continue to rise for Americans, with higher average levels for women and millennials. The top three sources of stress are money, work, and family responsibilities, with resultant mental health- symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and sleep problems. So how can filling in … [Read more...]

THE best New Years resolution: take a moment to live in the moment

So, what are your resolutions for the New Year? Are you going with the tried but usually unfulfilled standards like losing weight, working out, or not yelling at your children? I’ve got a better idea, and it will only take a moment of your time because…it’s about this moment. I encourage the girls and young women I work with to focus on living in the moment, to be more mindful. According to … [Read more...]

Taming the homework monster: Best practices for parents and kids

I’ve got a couple of tips for parents on how to guide their kids to take the bite out of stress around homework, especially for teenagers. And there is good data to back up my suggestions. First, encourage kids to do one thing at a time; i.e. stop multitasking. Many teens do homework with several screens running simultaneously: the laptop screen they’re doing their paper on, a social network … [Read more...]