Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

No More Sexy Halloween!

Girls are getting some very contradictory messages about where their value lies and what they can do to gain power. We say, “You can do it all” and media and marketers add, “As long as you’re sexy while doing it!”

October 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

Who’s your #GirlHero?

As we get ready for the International Day of the Girl, let’s celebrate our own Girl Heroes. One of mine is my oldest daughter, Rylan. In 9th grade she decided … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who is your #GirlHero?

In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, some girl power organizations like Girlup.org are inviting people to name their GirlHero. I have several, and I’ll be sharing them … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

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

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