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

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

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When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn.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

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Graduation and New Beginnings

Today I said good-bye to an amazing group of students, most of whom are graduating on Saturday. We spent the semester learning about child psychology and ourselves and discussing difficult … Continue reading

May 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

April 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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