In the battle for my child’s wallet (or soul) the Disney Princesses don’t even make my Top Ten Most Evil list.
While media portrayals of women and girls as sexual objects are omnipresent and intrusive, we can blame too much on these public influences and forget the importance of what parents do.
Having reached the stage in life where my eldest daughters are of marriageable age, I have vowed not to be one of those mothers who badger their children about getting married and producing grandchildren.
Violence among teenage girls—towards each other, towards strangers—is a growing problem in many countries.
I was a prime candidate for a girl whose self esteem would be hurt by pop culture princess fairy tales…
Girls who spend a lot of time using multimedia seem to be less happy and socially comfortable than peers who spend less time on screens, a study from Stanford University suggests.
When I see stories like this NY Times piece on sexually exploited children and teens, I’m tempted to wish the world had ended as predicted last month.
Like what? Like prostitutes, says American mother and writer Jennifer Moses in a frank article in the Wall Street Journal. Why? "Because we let them."
“Hey there! It’s us again. We have a situation on our hands, and the
clock is ticking.” So begins a terrific little video from a campaign
called The Girl Effect. Technically it’s a hit; but the message --
that’s something else.
Evidence that girls are reaching puberty as early as seven years of age
is in the news this week following the publication of an article in the
journal Paediatrics. It is a topic that has been debated for decades.
Here is another study that sorts the girls from boys. Researchers at the
University of Adelaide in Australia shows that, faced with issues like a
mother smoking, drinking alcohol, suffering from asthma or having an
infection, girls appear more resilient and better able to cope with
multiple events before birth.