Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

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

Fighting the Fear of Fat: Addressing the Thin Ideal with Young Children

In my post Fear of Fat: Preschool Girls and the Thin Ideal, I reported on Dr. Jennifer Harriger’s study on preschool girls and the Thin Ideal. This study found that … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Importance of Fathers

I regularly hold a debate with my university students to respond to the question, “Are Father’s Necessary?” Every time we discuss this, there is at least one student who talks … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 8 Comments

On Mother’s Day: The Beauty and Challenge Of Mothering

Ah, Mother’s Day. Some argue that it’s just a day created by marketers to get more sales while others see it as a sentimental favorite. Whatever your views, today is … Continue reading

May 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

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

Remember This: 8 Things I want to tell my 8 Year Old Daughter

 My youngest daughter turned 8 years old this week. This means that she has moved into the world of tweens. Tween marketing is commonly focused on kids between the ages … Continue reading

April 16, 2012 · 18 Comments

Positive Activity for Kids and Adults: Writing Your Own Once Upon a Time Story

Disney will be coming out with a new Princess, this one is younger and directed primarily at the pre-k audience. One has to ask, do we really need a new … Continue reading

March 19, 2012 · 5 Comments
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