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“Who Loves You?” Game

This is a fun and helpful game for car trips and walks in the park! Have your daughter (or son) name all the people that love her or him. The list can include family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, religious community friends, and more. This game will help your child build self esteem and a…

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#WomensHistoryMonth Campaign 2019

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This past March, to celebrate Women’s History Month, we featured Women Making History across our social media platforms! The women featured are all currently involved in feminist activism and they’re using their voices in unique and inspiring ways. Read on for the full list of women we featured and more information about their work, including…

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Body Talk with Friends

Introduction: Our circle of friends is often a safe place to feel included and accepted. We can laugh. We can cry. We can roll our eyes with our friends. What happens when our friendly conversations turn into body bashing–or what I call negative body talk? Ever heard (or made) comments like: “I hate how my…

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Books about the Social World of Girls

Recommendations by Kris Vreeland Head of the Children’s Book Department at Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA Click on a book to find it at VromansBookstore.com! All the World  by Liz Garton Scanlon (Ages: 4-Adult) Lyric art and poetry illustrate how we are interconnected and we are all the world and all of the world is all of…

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Building Things with Your Daughter

Invite your daughter to work with you on building projects or repairs. This builds great skills! Creativity. Eye-hand coordination. Cooperation. Communication. Problem solving. And more! It will allow your daughter to feel a sense of accomplishment. And, wow, does it provide some quality time with you. Questions you can ask: “Where shall we put the…

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Chill-Time: Ways to Stress Less

Just relax! Easier said than done? Being a teen today you know there is plenty to worry and stress out about. Even so, you can fit some chill-time into your day. Use these tools when you’re stressed out AND BEFORE you get overwhelmed. These tips can help prevent the stress from building up. 1. Seek…

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Encourage your daughter to find her special talents:

Girls have all kinds of strengths. Hopefully, over the next years, your daughter will have a chance to explore many things. Through school programs, after school programs, and at-home activities, your daughter may enjoy drawing, art projects, sports, dance classes, science projects, math games, music lessons, environmental conservation, and creating stories. Help your girl identify…

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Fairy Tales for Strong Girls

Turning fairy tale characters into strong and confident girls and women: We know that reading stories to our children makes a difference for all kinds of reasons. Try this: When telling stories to your child, create female characters who are self assured, empowered, and who are comfortable asserting themselves. If you are reading a story…

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For Girls who Love Sports

Here are some websites to explore: http://www.mgaa.com: Multicultural Golf Association of America, Inc. This organization partners with schools and community-based programs to help inner-city youth. Young people between the ages of 8 and 17 get a chance to learn the sport and its lessons about leadership and discipline. http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org: Learn what the Women’s Sports Foundation…

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Fun Stuff for Girls who Like Science!

Here are some books and websites for you! You can find these books at your school or community library. Or, click on the books to order them through Amazon.com. Girls Who Rocked the World by Amelie Welden Published by Econo-Clad Books Girls Who Rocked the World 2 by Michelle Roehm McCann, et al Published by…

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Gratitude Paper Chains

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GRATITUDE PAPER CHAINS Create a Gratitude Chain with your family. Use colored paper and pre-write a gratitude prompt on each link. Then, tape the links together and hang the chain. Each day, remove one link – maybe during a family dinner – and everyone can answer that prompt. Some prompt ideas: Name a food, game, friend, trip,…

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Groovy Gravity

Stimulates a sense of experimentation and discovery Gravity pulls, no doubt about it. Sit outside with your child and listen for gravity at work. Can you hear a pinecone drop? A wave crash on the shore? A raindrop splatter? Use your senses to experiment with gravity. Together, collect items from nature: pebbles, twigs, blades of…

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Inspiring Books about Girls’ Lives

Check these books out at your school or local library, or ask for your parents’ help in ordering them (just click on the pictures to go to their ordering pages on Amazon.com). Selections and narrative descriptions from 100 Books for Girls to Grow On by Shireen Dodson Alanna, the First Adventure  Tamora Pierce The first in…

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International Day of the Girl 2018

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October 11 is International Day of the Girl! October 12 is our celebration, viewing the film Beauty Bites Beast with the filmmaker Ellen Snortland! Join us!   What is your family, classroom or organization doing to celebrate the International Day of the Girl? Perhaps you’ll be joining us for our film night, mini self-defense training,…

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Journaling Ideas

Journals are awesome for expressing our creativity, learning about ourselves, venting feelings, and working towards our dreams. Many girls enjoy keeping journals. When I asked some girls I know what they thought about having a Journaling Idea section here, they asked me to include some of their ideas. So, here goes: What kinds of journals…

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Make Believe Play

Encourage Dress Up and Make Believe Play: Collect dress up clothes and items that represent different types of people and various future careers. Yard sales, thrift shops, friends and your own attic can provide a spectrum of imagination-stimulating items. Tools for doctors, gardeners, auto mechanics, ballerinas and more can all help your daughter enjoy make…

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Make Friends with your Body

Let’s get real!  Make friends with your body! Making Friends with Your Body: Introduction “Are you friends with your body? You may be asking, “what does that mean?” Well, for example, do you like being in your body? Do you like how your body feels when you do some fun physical activity? When you relax…

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Making a Journal

Keeping a journal can be fun! Use a three ring binder or a blank book with lined or unlined pages. Some girls journal in photo albums with black paper pages. Try jelly roll glitter pens to write on those black pages. Decorate the outside of your journal with drawings, magazine pictures, scraps of colorful paper, photographs,…

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Mindful Walking

Our minds wander by nature.  We often go on auto pilot, our bodies eating, attending class, going to work, and walking or driving from place to place, while our minds are a million miles away.  It’s easy to get stuck in worrying about the future or thinking about the past, and to forget to be here,…

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Mindfulness and Yoga

Yoga and Mindfulness: Cool Ways to Chill ” ‘Yoga and mindfulness can help us  bring our experiences to life!’ Quote from Erin Kelly, Mindfulness Facilitator at the Institute ‘The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.’ Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of…

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Poems About Our Bodies

These poems were written by Mattie J. T. Stepanek, a very inspiring boy who wrote poems and advocated for people to treat each other peacefully and with love. You can learn more about him by visiting his website here: Mattie Online. The Smell of a Noise Shhh… I smell something. It smells like a noise. Like…

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Quotes about Writing

The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. — Anais Nin Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. — Willa Cather There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you….

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Resources for Media-Savvy Girls

Here is an excerpt from an awesome book called Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes, by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown: Packaging Girlhood: 10 Tips for Girls 1. FACE THE FACTS. Most girls want to believe that they are independent thinkers and that marketers and media won’t be able to influence them. But realize…

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Resources for Middle School Girls

Are you in middle school? Then you know, middle school can be both exciting and stressful. You’re navigating a lot: new friendships & social relationships, more academic demands, exciting after-school activities, new feelings and body changes, and lots more decisions. Here are some books and websites that might help. They’ve got lots of information about…

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Resources on Media Literacy for Young Women

Books: Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel by Jean Kilbourne and Mary Pipher Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes by Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown Websites: http://www.about-face.org Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty: http://www.dove.us/social-mission/campaign-for-real-beauty.aspx Short clip on “what it takes to make an ad”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hibyAJOSW8U Dove/Campaign for Real Beauty…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Encourages exercise, creativity, and fun Everything in nature moves. Rocks shift. The Earth spins. Winds blow. Water travels. Animals hop, waddle, scurry, scamper, run, jump, crawl, and slither. The outdoors offers a wide assortment of movements, from a twirling leaf on its descent to the ground to an inchworm measuring its way upward on a…

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Want to De-Stress?

Chill-Time “Just relax! Easier said than done? Being a teen today you know there is plenty to worry and stress out about. Even so, you can fit some chill-time into your day. Use these tools when you’re stressed out AND BEFORE you get overwhelmed. These tips can help prevent the stress from building up…” Take…

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What’s Up with Friends?

Here are some cool books about some of the difficult parts of friendships and the ways we are treated by other people. Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy by Rachel Simmons Respect: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing when Your Line is Crossed by Courtney Macavinta

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