Musings: Parenting girls

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Exam Pressure

The exams results are out!  Tribulation and tragedy abound. I worry for our children. When did we start to think that this was a good way to educate?  Focussing so completely on exams, all teaching geared specifically for taking these exams, limiting learning to a narrow curriculum, and judging everyone on how well they test […]

Posted on 18 August 2014
Musings: Parenting girls

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Trusted teen

What if you could really trust that your teen was going to turn out all right? How would your life be different?  And hers? How many stressful conversations would be avoided if you weren’t trying to alter the behaviour of your teen? How much better would your relationship be then? Might that not have a […]

Posted on 10 July 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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She’s gaining weight – should I say something?

No!  Not unless you want her to worry about her weight her whole life long. Tell a girl she should watch her weight and she is more likely to become fat. A new study has found that simply labelling young girls as ‘fat’ makes them much more likely to be obese ten years later. (Hunger, […]

Posted on 26 June 2014
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Would you know if your daughter was being bullied?

Too many children who are bullied tell no-one. A bullied child often feels shame and believes that she is to blame for being bullied.  The impulse then is to cover it up. Too often a child’s experience of tentatively reaching out for help served only to make the situation worse.  She’ll be less likely to tell […]

Posted on 17 June 2014
Musings: Parenting girls, Parenting teenagers
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Teenage girls’ opinion of themselves is shocking

In my work with pre-teen girls, their sense of themselves is still relatively positive.  This is why I like to begin my work with them at this age, to strengthen them against what is to come. It’s a different story when I talk to teen girls.  Too many have learned to hate themselves: *  they […]

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Posted on 21 May 2014
Musings: Parenting teenagers
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