Raising Strong and Confident Daughters

Raising girls to be happy, healthy, and successful, aka the three goals parents and caregivers aspire to on their parenting journey. We are proud to offer resources to help you bring up the next generation of creative girls and young women. Select your girl’s age below.

How to Nurture Creativity in Your Kids

Parents who want their kids to be more creative may be tempted to enroll them in arts classes or splurge on STEM-themed toys. Those things certainly can help, but as a professor of educational psychology who has written extensively about creativity, I can draw on more than 70 years of creativity research to make additional …

Giving Gifts That Make Your Daughter Feel Deeply Seen

Gift-giving is not a straightforward affair. I remember one childhood December at my aunt’s farm. It was a holiday gathering of adults upholding a variety of religious and non-religious beliefs and a clutch of over-excited children who knew that December holidays, for whatever reason, meant presents. My parents, exhausted from a long year with two …

Part Two of Two Author Jessica Lahey: How Do You Do Music?

As parents, it’s hard not to feel excitement when your child begins to show interest in a creative outlet. And it becomes even harder to mask that enthusiasm when the same child shows they have a talent for the activity. But how do you react when they walk in one day and proclaim it’s been …

Part One of Two Author Jessica Lahey: Music to My Ears

As parents, it’s hard not to feel excitement when your child begins to show interest in a creative outlet. And it becomes even harder to mask that enthusiasm when the same child shows they have a talent for the activity. But how do you react when they walk in one day and proclaim it’s been …

10 Ways Parents Can Work With Teens for Healthy Social Media Use

Following the Wall Street Journal’s recent report, which revealed that Facebook’s own research indicates that Instagram can be harmful for teenage girls, parents may be left feeling overwhelmed. While there is still much research to be done to understand the nuances of social media’s impacts on young people, experts agree that there are social media …

The Benefits of Imaginary Friends for Children

When my younger brother Bryan started telling my parents and me about his imaginary friend, we were worried. Someone talking to themselves can be jarring, even if that someone is four years old. But what my family discovered is it’s pretty normal for young children to have imaginary friends. And it turns out their temporary …

Three Mindfulness Practices to Share With Your Daughter

While researching his book Tools of Titans, Tim Ferris interviewed over 200 of the world’s most successful thought leaders, creatives, business people, and athletes. They had different backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, GPAs, and IQs. The one thing that over 80 percent of them did have in common was a daily mindset and mindfulness practice. What is …

Let Cynthia Erivo Read You a Story on Storyline Online

Award-winning performing artist Cynthia Erivo is “this close” to getting her EGOT, but she’s not stopping there! Recently, Erivo completed a very special project that’s particularly close to her heart—a children’s book of inspiration drawn from her mother titled Remember to Dream, Ebere. As a gift to millions of fans and young readers everywhere, Erivo …

Nine Tips For Teen Girls to Cope With Social Comparison on Social Media

Since its inception in 2013, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development has become one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing and supporting interdisciplinary scientific research, informing and educating the public, advocating for sound public policy for child health and wellness, and enhancing human capital in the field. Below, …

Lisa McGuinness: Author of the Mother Daughter Activity Journal

Author Lisa McGuinness’s latest book Mother Daughter Activity Journal: Connecting Better with Each Other, offers mothers and daughters a new supportive place to share thoughts, dreams, worries, cares, life experiences–and have fun while doing it. McGuinness is the author of Catarina’s Ring, Meaningful Bouquets, Hoppy Trails, Caffeinated Ideas Journal, and the co-author of numerous children’s …

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