Categorized as: Parenting Girls

The Amazing Impact of Mother-Daughter Book Clubs

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One of the most fulfilling and most memorable undertakings of my parenting journey was the formation of a mother-daughter book club, a collaboration with my then-eight-year-old daughter and four other mother-daughter pairs that would last for six years. We all discussed the need to counteract stereotyped and sexualized girl culture with positive messages about who girls and women really are and what they can do. Read more…

Eight Favorite Books Starring Interesting, Exciting, Daring, Adventurous Girls!

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Google is full of girl-empowering book lists. Favorite female protagonists from the classics, like Pippi Longstocking, to more recent heroines, like Katniss Everdeen, abound on these lists, but I wanted to make my own after reading so many children and YA books to curate for recommendations to mother-daughter book clubs. Here are eight of my favorites, and there’s no better way to raise interesting, exciting, daring and adventurous daughters! Read more…

A DAY IN THE CLASSROOM: ‘Super Tool Lula:’ The bully-fighting super hero

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I am devoting this month’s column to the new children’s book “Super Tool Lula” by Michele Yulo. It features a strong female protagonist, Lula, who is in the fourth grade and is not your “typical” girl. Read more…

A DAY IN THE CLASSROOM: On mother-daughter book clubs

Black mother and daughter

Years ago, as the working mother of a young daughter, I sometimes struggled to achieve that elusive work/home “balance” women often speak of wistfully and hold up as the ultimate validation of their success within the frameworks of modern feminism. Read more…