Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

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

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

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

April 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reflections on #MLK: Raise your voice!

“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Girls and Pink Toys: What can we do?

In this series we’ve been talking about how media and marketing depictions impact children. Research has shown us that there are patterns of how girls and boys are depicted, and … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Girls and Pink Toys Part 3: Do toy ads really matter?

Children are buying into the stereotypes promoted by media messaging. And they’re accepting the message that certain products, interests, and activities are gender specific. A study in 2009 (Miller, Lurye, … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 5 Comments

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