Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

The Child You Have: Parenting and Letting Go

  My friend, Melissa Wardy of Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies, recently shared this quote, “Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d … Continue reading

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To My Daughter on Her 10th Birthday

It seems like yesterday that I was holding you as a newborn, warm and soft with a head full of dark hair. You were so tiny, so dependent on me … Continue reading

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STEM and Sexualization: A New Vision for Girls

About a week ago, I worked with several of our  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) faculty at ACU to host our third annual STEM for Girls day. Fifty-five middle school … Continue reading

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Raising caring kids

Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has developed their Making Caring Common Project to help parents, teachers, and others who live and work with kids as they try to raise children … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls, strength, and the beauty ideal: A beach conversation

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My five-year-old son befriended an eleven-year-old girl at the beach last week. As they worked together to create a sand castle, her dad and I chatted about…

July 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Positive Body Image Message

Sharing this positive project by the Harvard Rugby Team is a great way to give kids a visual of strong, healthy bodies that all look different. Lots of positive messages … Continue reading

July 12, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Six Summer Beauty Tips” by Rebecca Hains

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Fashion magazines love telling women that our bodies aren’t fit to be seen in public, unless we buy and use the beauty products they’re hawking. And in the…

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Straight white boys texting and objectification

Have you seen the “Straight white boys texting” Tumblr? It’s a collection of inappropriately sexual comments and questions that pop up during what seems to be a friendly text exchange. … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Say No to Gender Stereotypes

Verizon Wireless says 66% of 4th grade girls like science; yet 14% of teen girls want to be a scientist. In their #InspireHerMind piece, they share the little ways that … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Enough with the Pink and Blue Boxes!

I love this article, “Girls are Messy Naked Farters Too” because it resonates with my experience raising three girls. In my 20 years of working with and now parenting my … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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