Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Fun and Empowering Halloween Costumes

In the last few posts I’ve shared my concern with the sexy Halloween costume trend. Halloween is coming up quickly, so if you don’t already have a costume here are … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

It’s International Day of the Girl!

This past week I’ve been sharing my Girl Heroes. Today I share my final hero, my daughter Catherine. She inspires me with her courage. Catherine loves dance, but family circumstances … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sayreville Football Case: It’s rape, not hazing

You know what should be in our blood in every town? Standing up for our children and their well-being, putting our humanity before all else. Otherwise, we perpetuate a space for abusers to continue to prey on the real innocents. When we love a game more than we love the children whom the game has failed, we need to readjust priorities and wipe the slate clean. To do anything else leaves our children at risk.

October 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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

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When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn.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

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