Podcast Episode 14: Teaching girls how to become strong women


This week features comments submitted by our listeners. I asked parents what they are doing right now to help make sure their girls become strong women.

We also talk about the bravery deficit. Resma Saujani did a TED talk on this issue. “Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. Girls are taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A’s. Boy, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and jump off head first. Boys are habituated to take risks and are rewarded for it.”

I mentioned in the podcast a side by side magazine cover. One for girls and the other for boys. Check these out. We still have A LOT of work to do to create gender equality!

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So how can we change this for our girls? Listen to some ideas Samantha and I have on this topic. And, as always, SHARE with friends!


Kristan & Samantha

Podcast Episode 11: What tweens need from their parents

Originally this week’s episode was supposed to be about the power of social exclusion. But, I came across a great article from the Wall Street Journal that I thought would make a great starting point for discussion – what our tweens need from their parents. Kind of a twist on last week’s episode about how to stay close to your tween. Don’t worry, the topic of social exclusion will be up soon. A powerful and complicated topic for sure.


So, check it out, and as always, give us feedback on how you think we are doing. It has been almost 3 months since we started the podcast, so any and all feedback is appreciated. Oh, and if you listen on iTunes, give us a rating (a good one preferably) so more people can find us. I am also going to check out Google Play as another platform for us to reach new listeners.

Lastly, please SHARE our podcast with friends. Sharing is the best way to grow an audience.

Happy listening.


Kristan & Samantha

Girls in 2016

Yesterday I had my weekly check in with my book publisher. On a side note, it takes FOREVER to get a book published. I submitted the manuscript almost 6 mos ago and it is just now in the type setting phase.

Anyway, I digress. My book publisher is a phone guy, not an email guy. I think it is a generational thing. He still has a secretary who takes notes for him on one of those to/from pads with triplicate copies I bet. But when I called yesterday, he wanted to chat. I am guessing because of what is happening right now in the world of politics and the target audience of my book.

He started off by saying that he has always felt that women were equal to men and used the example of asking his wife her opinion on things. He said this was hard for her at first because in that time she was supposed to follow her husband’s lead not decide things on her own. He called this “his gift to her.”

I shared that I grew up a very conservative, Southern Baptist small town in North Carolina. My dad complained about my “liberal views” after going away to college. But you see, those views were already there. How do I know? When cleaning out my parent’s house in the late 1990s I found 2 things that cemented the fact that I did not fit into small town NC.

  1. My 4th grade formal writing letter written to Ronald Reagan.


In my best 4th grade cursive, I explained that he needed to create more jobs for people and that he was welcome to come to my house for dinner to discuss ways to make this happen. Spoiler: he did not come to dinner to hear my ideas.

2. The biography of Geraldine Ferraro.


So, sorry dad. I think my liberal views were there way before UNC Chapel Hill corrupted my brain.

My friend Rachel Ruvo posted a super cute video last night from the Democratic National Convention with this caption:

Powerful! Don’t just tell your daughters that women can grow up to be whatever they want to be, tell your sons that women can grow up to be whatever they want to be too. ‪#‎imwithher‬ ‪#‎momtofourfuturewomen‬ ‪#‎soapboxmoment‬

So true. We often focus on empowering girls, but we also need to do what my book publisher’s parents did for him. Teach our boys that girls are their equal.

Regardless of how you feel about the upcoming election, the fact that a woman could be president is pretty damn amazing. Samantha or your daughter could be next.