Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

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

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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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Change the world $17 at a time

When I read this story of a woman in a grocery store whose $17 action touched a whole family, it brought tears to my eyes. I talk a lot about … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Raising peacemakers in a pink and blue world

Today I presented at the Peace Conference at Abilene Christian University. I got the chance to share some of the research that I’m conducting on how gendered marketing impacts children. … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

More on healthy body image

Yesterday in class, my students and I talked about the challenges to a healthy body image. I shared a few tips we came up with to help children and adolescents … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Building a positive body image

We had a great conversation in one of my classes today about body image. We focused on what parents and other caring adults can do to help a child build … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

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