Category Archives: Self Image

Young People and Selfies

Smile! “Aren’t we cute?” Within seconds the selfie pic is posted to Instagram, and Tweeted to her 326 followers. Just another emblematic snapshot from the life of today’s teen. Five years ago we didn’t even know the word “selfie.” Fast … Continue Reading

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Selfie

Dove does it again, delivering another eye-opening piece about women’s self image, and providing a great opportunity to talk with our young girls about their insecurities (prompting me to write this discussion you can use with their video, with small … Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday… Here’s Your Boob Job

In a world where our young girls seem to struggle with self-image more than ever before, what is the greatest thing we can do to boost their confidence? How about the gift of cosmetic surgery for their 18th birthday? “Happy … Continue Reading

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Building a Girl’s Self-image

Yesterday my 16-year-old daughter Ashley was lying in front of the fireplace doing homework. Not knowing her mother and I were both gazing at her, she lightly brushed her hair aside with her forefinger. Her mom couldn’t resist. “Ashley, you … Continue Reading

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A Heart for the Unnoticed

Do you notice that kid who seems to disappear under the radar? In the shadow of a tragic teen suicide, and a weekend training youth workers to notice and connect with teenagers, I was pleasantly surprised by a film that, … Continue Reading

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R.I.P. baby sister

“I just love being straight up ignored when ever I need you.” It was the last thing she posted on her Facebook page. Then she went to her high school the next day and hung herself in the school bathroom. … Continue Reading

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Happy Slutty Halloween

“In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls … Continue Reading

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Teen Social Media Hookup Culture Unveiled

My Twitter followers saw me link an article Tuesday morning I described as the most accurate article I’ve ever read about today’s social media hookup culture. It’s a day later, and I stand my ground. Don’t misinterpret my words: I’m … Continue Reading

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Evolution of the Bikini

How do most guys respond when they see a woman in a bikini? That’s what a group of men at Princeton sought to discover. In their study they showed men photographs of scantily clad women and observed brain activity. “They … Continue Reading

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The Paradoxical World of Teens

Marko just wrote an amazing article for our parenting page this week about the paradoxical world of teenagers. If you have a young teenager in your home… you probably have experienced this. Here’s just a snippet of that article: They … Continue Reading

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