Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Getting ready to say goodbye

I woke early today, mostly due to the pesky thunderstorm raging outside. But also because my head is full of thoughts and my heart is full of feelings. You see, … Continue reading

April 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

Does Sexy Media Matter?

Have you seen my TED talk, Does Sexy Media Matter? In this talk I share how I got interested in studying sexualized media, what I’ve found in my research about … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

To My Daughter on Her 12th 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, 2016 · 1 Comment

Children are people, too

This past week I was talking with my Child Psychology class about how the way we see children impacts the way we think about their development. We looked at a … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Building Sexual Self-Efficacy with Middle School Kids

Sexual self-efficacy grows in importance as your children get older. Middle school is an important time to begin to build skills that your child will use later in life to … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Sexual Self-Efficacy: How do we build it?

Sexual self-efficacy is incredibly important for sexual health. So, how do we build sexual self-efficacy? Let’s think about some specific things that caring adults can do to help children build … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexual Self-Efficacy: What is it?

This week-end I’ll be giving a keynote address at a conference on sexual health. I believe that one of the most important issues that we can understand in terms of … Continue reading

November 19, 2015 · 2 Comments
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