Does your daughter recognize the type of screwdriver you use as readily as the type of iPad she can buy? In today’s high-tech world, hands-on skills get short shrift and parents struggle to pull their kids away from mobile devices, 3D televisions and video game consoles for even a minute.
Plus, too many social attitudes still suggests that girls don't need to learn about (or aren't interested in) tools!Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed new guidelines that could help limit junk food marketing in schools. It’s a laudable effort – but there’s a problem. As written, the USDA’s guidelines inadvertently open the door for increased advertising and marketing in schools -- the first time any federal agency has done so.
Our friends at the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood lay out the problem:
Much of a girl’s strength is in her voice. By listening to her, you are being true to her voice. That will help her get through difficulties and give her courage.
When you provide your ears and your presence, you amplify your daughter’s voice and strengthen her belief in herself. But it can be painful to listen when she is feeling sad or angry.
You have to have the courage to listen, and the courage to not prevent, deny or abruptly try to end her painful experiences.Read more
Listening to your daughter carries some risk for a dad or stepdad. Girls will say disruptive things and challenge both the world and their fathers to be better.
There is no question, however, that the risk is worth it. None of us want our daughter to be disrespected. We dads want our daughters to be heard and taken seriously. We start by listening ourselves, an act of genuine courage in a world where girls often are silenced.Read more