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I Can't Always Protect My Children -- And I Don't Always Want To

I Can't Always Protect My Children -- And I Don't Always Want To

04. 4.2014
I know there will come a day when she will face rejection and feel its effects, but my rushing in to rescue her is not going to help her...
3 Lessons Learned In The First 5 Years Of Parenting

3 Lessons Learned In The First 5 Years Of Parenting

04. 3.2014
This predictably unpredictable life is exhilarating and terrifying. And as we muddle through each day, I have made a few discoveries about...
When Your Girl Doesn't Like What She Sees In The Mirror

When Your Girl Doesn't Like What She Sees In The Mirror

03.19.2014
I remember looking in the mirror with the same quiet discontentment, like I didn't measure up. Girls who look at themselves that way tend...
The Secret of My Daughter's Dance

The Secret of My Daughter's Dance

03.17.2014
Over time, I have become as grounded as a great oak tree. Yet through my daughter I see my possibilities all over again. With purpose of...
Why A Comment From My 6-Year-Old Shocked Me So Much

Why A Comment From My 6-Year-Old Shocked Me So Much

03.17.2014
I'm not actually upset with her at all; I'm finding that I just keep questioning myself, my motives, and trying to figure out what she...
One Word I Hope My Daughters Will Always Feel Comfortable Saying

One Word I Hope My Daughters Will Always Feel Comfortable Saying

03.11.2014
If they have always been coaxed into doing things that they did not want to do in the name of "fun" and making other people happy, how...
How to Help Little Girls Stand Up to Bullying

How to Help Little Girls Stand Up to Bullying

03. 7.2014
I was an advocate for my daughter. And how I acted made a difference in her experience of being heard, I believe.
A Fundamentally Important Conversation With My Daughter

A Fundamentally Important Conversation With My Daughter

02.26.2014
The piano doesn't care who you are. Neither does the ground when you run.
50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

50 Super Quick Things I Want My Kindergartner To Know On Her 100th Day

02.26.2014
Just be you. No one can do it better... But, call your mother while you're at it.
What Happened When My 6-Year-Old Tried Giving Me My Own Advice

What Happened When My 6-Year-Old Tried Giving Me My Own Advice

02.21.2014
While I hated hearing the lesson and sulked my way out onto the skating rink, it turned out to be the right advice served up at exactly...
This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

02.20.2014
Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic. These are the messages hammered...
A Letter To My Daughter's Future Valentine

A Letter To My Daughter's Future Valentine

02.14.2014
When you are eating space food tonight, act like a gentleman, because this girl is special. There was a time when we weren't sure she was...
Here's What The Girl In That Iconic LEGO Ad Thinks Now

Here's What The Girl In That Iconic LEGO Ad Thinks Now

02.12.2014
What a difference 33 years makes. Back in 1981, Rachel Giordano was a red-headed 4-year-old child model with pigtails and baggy jeans,...
A Dad's Words To His Daughter, From The Makeup Aisle

A Dad's Words To His Daughter, From The Makeup Aisle

02. 6.2014
Maybe a father's words can deliver his daughter through this gauntlet of institutionalized shame and into a deep, unshakeable sense of...