Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Educator, Author

Comment Policies

I love to get comments on the posts on this blog!

You are welcome to agree, disagree, ask questions, provide insights, and so forth. I do request that you keep your comments civil, polite, and focused on the topic as much as possible. Civil discourse and disagreement, unfortunately, is something that has become a rarity in our culture. If you have a question or thought that you’d like to share with me that is not related to the topic of this blog or any posts, feel free to email me at jennifer.w.shewmaker@gmail.com. However, please know that if you use the “comment” feature to ask a specific question that is completely unrelated to this blog topic and conversation, it won’t be published.

I am happy to have civil disagreement and well-reasoned arguments that help everyone think through these complex issues. All comments must be approved and comments that are not civil will not be posted. If one of your comments is not approved, feel free to edit it for civility and resubmit. And again, if you have a completely unrelated question, you are free to email it to me directly at the address above and on my “contact me” page.

3 comments on “Comment Policies

  1. Linda Kemp
    May 10, 2011

    Thanks so much for your blog! One thing I want to mention is how essential it is for our girls’ Dads to be part of the affirmation of their worth and inner beauty beginning at birth! I remember my husband choosing not to put the ruffled panties on our little infant girl, because “her bottom is not the focal point” of her outfit. And as our girls grew older, they learned that Dad’s opinion on the outfit was something they could trust. Now that they’re young women, they are secure in their self-image and can confidently select clothes that are appropriate and attractive – with the goal always to lift the eyes to the face, because that’s where their wonderful personality shows!

    • Jennifer Shewmaker
      May 10, 2011

      Great point, Linda! Parents of the opposite gender often get uncomfortable when their child enters adolescence. This can lead to emotional distancing just when their child needs them most! It’s important for caregivers of both genders to be involved in providing support for boys and girls.

  2. Julie
    March 17, 2011

    I agree, shame on Mattel and all other companies that produce such toys. While I also agree that little girls need more options than pink/sparkly/princess or mommy toys, I also want to point out that when they DO want pink princess toys, they don’t want them to be “sexy.” Wholesome, innocent, and child-like toys is what all children need. Another good option for toys is http://www.melissaanddoug.com/. Some of their products are sold in big stores like Target and Wal-Mart, but they have more options online. Let’s support these companies that let children be children.

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