Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Teaching Kids About Consent: Yes means yes

Last week I taught a series of classes on Helping Children Thrive at ACU’s Summit. As we talked about thriving, we moved into a conversation about sexual self-efficacy. When someone … Continue reading

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Tell Kids: Fail fast, fail often

I love this image from PEPparent.org Some of the greatest successes come from failure. So often our kids are afraid to fail. They want to be the best, to achieve … Continue reading

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Emma Watson and Authenticity

“…the people who plant the seeds of movements make a critical decision: they decide to live “divided no more.” They decide no longer to act on the outside in a … Continue reading

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When Love Hurts: Talking about dating violence with teens

When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn. Her usual cheerful and social nature changed to a quiet, secretive one. She wouldn’t change … 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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Digital Literacy on the Rise

Originally posted on Renee Hobbs at the Media Education Lab:
Perhaps you saw the recent story in the New York Times about the new research on middle-school students’ digital literacy skills? This…

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Where are all the women? What my bookshelf says about the continuing effects of patriarchy

Originally posted on Ben Irwin:
The other day, I did one of those “10 books that stayed with me” status updates on Facebook. It’s a thing that’s been going around…

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Teaching Your Teen about Peer Pressure

Guest Blog ~ Teaching Your Teen about Peer Pressure As teenagers grow into their independence, they tend to reject their parents’ advice in favor of making their own decisions. They…

September 19, 2014 · 2 Comments


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