“Play with Joy…”
Our All Girls’ Retreat started, as do so many of our retreats, with a movie on the back of the barn. This week, we watched The Miracle Season, the true story about Caroline Found, who inspired her high school to win the state volleyball tournament after a tragic moped accident took her life her senior year. The story chronicles the grief and the courage her teammates find as they work through the loss of their captain and friend. It is a story of hope and strength on the part of these high school girls…and exactly what we thought our high school girls needed to begin the journey of our week together.
The movie talked a lot about playing with joy. Playing with joy, however, sounded like the opposite of what Caroline’s teammates wanted after her death. Instead, they wanted to… Read More
We are so excited to announce the pre-order of Sissy’s new books. We have been so excited to share the covers for the new books with you and start the official countdown to September 3rd!!! Head on over to the Amazon to pre-order now! And stay tuned for more information on how you can be a part of the launch team,,, Read More
Just like girls develop physically and mentally, they also develop socially. (Boys do, too…although their social development looks a little different than girls. We’ll let David tackle that one!)
As they develop, I believe there are a few important truths to instill in them across the ages. But, keep in mind, it is normal for their focus to shift from you…to having a best friend… Read More
We started out our 9th-10th grade camp with a boy named Eustace. Eustace wasn’t actually at camp with us…except that he was. Eustace was a character in the movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, that we watched the first night of camp. And Eustace, basically, is every one of us.
Eustace started out as quite a grumpy young fellow. Nothing quite suited him…no situation, no environment, and certainly, no one. He grumbled his way, much like a little monster, through the beginning of the movie until a certain scene when Eustace was transformed… Read More
Let’s have our eyes open to what God may want to show us…
“The next day John SAW Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘LOOK, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.’ Then John gave this testimony: I SAW the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know… Read More
Building Block #2: A Good Template
“I don’t know how to confront someone.” Girl after girl after girl has said these words to me in my counseling office. Girls of all ages . . . women of all ages, in fact. I honestly don’t know how at times, either. But I have a friend who does. She confronts people who don’t even know they’ve been confronted. I’ve watched her do it over the years with friends, with her husband, and with anyone who crosses over the line of her strong, kind boundaries... Read More
Stumbling Blocks for Girls
Stumbling Block #1: “Not Enough-ness”
I was an only child until I was 16 years-old, when my parents said, “Surprise!” and delightedly rocked my world with a baby sister. Until that time, my parents did a great job of trying to help me learn awareness and reciprocity through friendships. They scheduled lots of playdates and sleepovers, always with my elated approval. My mom still laughs, however, about my pattern whenever someone would... Read More
Let’s talk about tennis. I (Sissy) am not sure if you’ve ever played. I have quite a bit. Not well, but quite a bit. I spent lots of hours and lots of my parents’ well-earned money growing up in tennis lessons. Somehow, my ball always seemed to end up in the next court over rather than my own. But I played enough to learn the basics. And the basics of tennis are the primary analogy I use in my office to teach girls about reciprocity.
If you’ve never played, let me fill you in. I (try to) serve the ball to you. You see my ball and hit it back to me. I see the ball and (hopefully) hit it back to you. And so on and so forth. That’s what tennis lessons will get you. It’s... Read More
Have you seen this video? We would sure encourage you to take a look.
I’ve had lots of girls over the years say things like, “If my mom hates the way she looks so much I can’t imagine what she thinks about me..." Read More
Building Blocks for Girls and Resourcefulness
I’ve been doing some research lately on my non-resourceful, happily stuck, and perfectionistically paralyzed girls. There are just too many of them, and I want to help. I want to help but don’t want to help more than they want help. What can I do? What can you do with your daughter to build her resourcefulness? Let’s start where resourcefulness typically starts: motivation... Read More
Pat yourself on the back. Treat yourself to a fancy cup of coffee. You did it!
You made it past the first few weeks of school, and that’s not an easy feat. For all the years we’ve been working with kids and families, we’ve consistently seen how difficult that transition can be for so many kids and parents. A new teacher, new friends, new routine, new expectations... Read More
We are only 5 days away from the release of "Are My Kids on Track?" Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? We are so excited to share this new parenting resource with each of you! Nashville, we would love to see you, on Tuesday night, February 14, at the book release party! It will be from 6-9pm, at K. McCarthy, in Green Hills. There will be book signing, festive treats, holiday shopping, and give-aways!
Today, we hear from Sissy, in the book on Girls and Perspective. This will be a two-part series so tune in next week for the second half... Read More
My 9 year-old daughter is already acting like a teenager. When should I expect things to start to change with her, and when do I need to talk to her about puberty and sex?
The answer to all these questions is “Yes.” You need to talk to her. Actually, you need have conversations with her all along the way, just as David mentioned regarding boys... Read More
I talk with girls a LOT about bravery behind the doors of my counseling office. Girls often have a tendency to shrink back. They doubt their voices. They don’t believe they’re capable. They don’t trust their strength. I believe those doubts are a contributor to the struggles I see—with self-esteem, with anxiety, and with a whole host of issues girls face today in greater amounts than ever before.
For those of us who have girls in our lives that we love, we want something different. We want them to feel brave, courageous, resilient, strong. And we want them to learn to pepper those important traits with kindness... Read More
Have a girl in your life? Wonder how to help her see and live out of the beauty God has placed deep inside of her?
Listen up (and in!)...
We love podcasts at Raising Boys and Girls! We especially love podcasts that equip parents with practical, grace-filled help for this challenging yet delightful journey of parenting... Read More
“Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them. The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?’ They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, ‘The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.’ Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt. Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. ‘Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?’ ‘No one, Master.’ ‘Neither do I,’ said Jesus. ‘Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.’ John 8:1-12
Jesus once again addressed them: ‘I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.’
This verse started off Melissa’s teaching to the high school all girls’ camp. "Many of us have read this story many times. What stands out to you about it here... Read More
I spend a lot of time with girls talking about their bodies…body image, body weight, body size, as well as the body image, weight, sizes of the girls surrounding them at school. Of course, as a counselor to girls, this is one of the issues that plague them the most. Now, in the age of selfies and snapchat, they are constantly uploading pictures for all of the world to see. But how many selfies do they actually take before it’s the right “selfie?” How do they angle their elbows in just the right way? Position their heads? Do anything that can make them look a few pounds lighter or a few inches thinner? Anything that can make us look the same? (We’re guilty, too…)
As always, our tech friends have stepped up to the plate with an answer... Read More
"Kids who spend their early years lost in the imaginary worlds of children’s fiction — Where the Wild Things Are, Corduroy, Beatrix Potter’s stories of Peter Rabbit — may be getting more out of the stories than pure entertainment. Narrative fiction seems to make young children more empathetic, according to research presented at this weekend’s American Psychological Association convention in Washington, D.C.
Fiction, of course, lets you see the world through another set of eyes, and that isn’t lost on young children... Read More
"Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity." Luke 6: 37-38, The Message
When my daughter turned thirteen, she began to reveal greater and greater evidence that she was in the throws of adolescence. Some mornings we’d wake to find the little girl we’d known since birth - kind, compassionate, responsive and delightful. Other days, we’d wake to someone else. This other person looked like my daughter, but.. Read More
As a counselor, I make a lot of recommendations to families. One of my favorites—for mother’s and daughters, in particular, is to watch a show called the Gilmore Girls together. It is hilarious and sweet—and speaks to the longevity and loyalty of relationship. Lorelai is not a perfect mom, nor is Rory a perfect daughter (although she tries awfully hard). They go through the normal ups and downs that moms and their girls (and boys) do—especially in those delightful middle school years. But they always come back to each other.
A college friend of mine recently wrote a beautiful blog about her mom—about their ups and downs, their loyalty, their longevity—actually their Lorelai and Rory-ness.
In every parenting seminar we teach, we talk about how kids push away from parents. It’s a part of growing up. It’s a part of what they have to do in order to grow up. It’s called individuating. Mom’s, they often push off of you the hardest. But they do come back. Continue Reading... Read More