Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

New Year: What will you resolve?

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou, from Letter to My Daughter, a book … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

I’m dreaming of a non gendered Christmas

It’s that time of year, when children everywhere start thinking about what they want for Christmas.  If you watch Saturday morning commercials or other advertisements directed toward children, you’ll see … Continue reading

December 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

Consequences of the Thin Ideal

When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for girls and women. I shared a disturbing article with you … Continue reading

November 3, 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

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
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