Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Tips for Starting Off the New School Year Right

Ah, the beginning of a new school year. There’s excitement, anticipation, anxiety, fear, and everything in between. As parents and children prepare for the new school year, here are some … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 5 Comments

Stereotyping Childhood

Why does the pink and blue division of toys matter? Why should we care about the gendered marketing schemes running rampant? In the Huffington Post, there was an article last … Continue reading

December 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Glamour-vs-Greatness: What’s a girl to do?

From the Archives: A post examining the gender stereotypes that are often presented to children. Girls are promoted glamour while boys are sold on greatness. So I was shopping with … Continue reading

July 15, 2011 · 8 Comments

Birthday Parties: Gifts, Manners, and Spa Diva Princess Cocktail Limo Parties

April 12th, 2011 | Author: melissa This week I’m cross posting from some of my favorite friends in the blogosphere. This post was written by Melissa Wardy, owner of Pigtail Pals. … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pretty Girls and Emotionally Mute Boys: Disney Heros and Heroines

I’ve written a few posts lately about both Disney Princesses and the danger for children of gender stereotyping. One of the things that I find most disturbing about gender stereotyping … Continue reading

February 9, 2011 · Leave a comment

Systems of Influence: Helping children make sense of the world

One well-known theory of how children develop was proposed by Urie Bronfenbrenner and is called the Ecological Systems Theory. In this theory, it’s thought that children are influenced by the … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Thin Ideal: Seeing Really is Believing!

I’ve been reading several articles recently about the “Thin Ideal.” When we talk about the Thin Ideal, what we mean is the idea that thinness is equal to beauty for … Continue reading

January 19, 2011 · Leave a comment
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