As a parent, I often wonder about how the toys and role models in my children’s lives translate to behavior.  I tend to be the kind of mother who encourages a wide range of toys, games and books.  I am less about banning (unless it is truly counter to our family’s core character-based values) and […]

Boy Toys, Girl Toys and What Kids Learn When We Allow Them To Choose is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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The first thing my daughter, Tallie, wanted to do this morning was go downstairs and have me read her two Spiderman stories from her brother’s new Adventures of Spiderman book he received for Hanukkah last night.  So that’s what I did.  It was from that book that I read her a good night story before […]

The Many Sides of Girls: From Spiderman to Princesses and Everything In Between is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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I went to the park with my 2 ½ year old on Monday.  We ran the length of the soccer field.  We talked about baseball.  Ran the bases. Went on a nature walk.  Picked up leaves and chatted about the changing colors. Looked at bark. Moss. Sticks. Dirt. And bugs. She loves bugs. Yes, I’m […]

Mud, Leaves & Bark: How Nature Can Help Combat Sexualization & Dumbification of Girls is a post from: Dr. Robyn Silverman – Child Development Specialist, Body Image Expert, Success Coach & the Creator of the Powerful Words Character Development System

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Snarky comments. Curled up lips. Whispers. “That look.” People ask me where we learn the “fat is bad” so early. Studies tell us that 3-6 year old girls are worried about being fat. Studies also tell us that children who are considered overweight are more likely to have fewer friends, be teased, drop out of […]

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