Empowering girls and women for life.

The Social World of Girls, Part 1

Cliques, popular girls, mean girls, rumors, gossip, exclusion, “behind my back,” secrets, bullying, whispering, being “in,” name-calling, glaring, “she turned her back,” being left out, bossy, being uninvited. When we spend time listening to girls, their stories–sooner or later–turn to their relational experiences. They share stories of profound and joyous connection and devastating betrayal and…

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I Just Want to Know What She’s Up to! Making Successful Appointments with Your Daughter

It’s back-to-school time. And, things get busy fast! The desire of your heart is to maintain some quality time with your daughter but so many demands interfere. Plus, your daughter may seem disinterested in those “meaningful conversations.” Perhaps this scenario sounds familiar: You come home from work to find your daughter quietly watching TV. You…

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Hardiness Skills for Girls

Here at the Institute we often speak of “hardiness” and “hardiness skills.” What do we mean by “hardiness” anyway? The word itself suggests strength and sturdiness, the ability to endure during difficulties, and the capacity to grasp hold of opportunities – qualities we probably all wish for the girls in our lives. In fact, hardiness…

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Listening to Girls’ Dreams

An Introduction Henry James once mused, “Summer afternoon, summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Hopefully, we and our children are able to capture some summer afternoon time for relaxation, rejuvenation, and dreaming! What do the girls in our lives dream about? They have dreams for their summer, dreams for the…

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