Posted by: drshollen | September 30, 2012

How to talk to little girls

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-bloom/how-to-talk-to-little-gir_b_882510.html

 

This article is the one I mentioned in class a couple of weeks ago. When talking to girls, consider “generating intelligent conversation that respects her brain,” rather than commenting on how she looks. Pass it on. To paraphrase Gloria Steinem in MissR, when you look in the mirror and start to criticize yourself, remember that a little girl is watching you.

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  1. I love this idea! It is convicting when I think about the greetings my friends and I have, which are usually about appearance. It also makes me think about my little sister (who is 13) and the types of appearance-based things that she deals with daily in her social circles. Imagine the difference we could make in the thought-processes and values of girls and women if we all made it a priority to have intellect-based conversations first and surface-level exchanges later (if at all).

  2. I used to work at a clothing/accessory store for younger girls, and everything we sold was kind of pricey. This article made me remember a specific girl who came in while I was working. She was probably about 11 or 12 and she was thanking her mom for bringing her to this store because now the other girls wouldn’t make fun of her clothes. She felt so proud to try on these clothes and was even more excited when her mom basically bought her a whole new wardrobe. I was happy to see the girl so excited, but looking back now, it seems strange that the mother was giving into the pressure instead of telling her daughter not to let the other girls bother her and to be herself (something my mom had always told me).


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