It started out innocently enough with a simple question, "So what types of books do you enjoy?" but it quickly grew to "Are these books affecting young girls' risk behaviors and with whom are they discussing these books? "
Experts have also told us that the number one, ultimate rule of the parent-child relationship is that a mother must never, under any circumstance, ever consider being best friends with her daughter. I guess I blew that one.
Often, it's just the simple and real moments spent with their moms that girls need the most. The "nothing fancy" moments that are just about being together end up being the times that build that precious trust, support, and open communication.
We need to encourage our older teenage girls to see our younger girls for what they themselves once were -- on the precipice between self-acceptance and self-loathing, needing the encouragement of the older girls they so admire and respect.
Kamala Lopez, U.S. Program Director for Global Girl Media, is on a mission to nurture the voices of young women in underserved communities and developing nations. I recently sat down with Lopez for an interview.