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Tips for Parents: Puberty Begins in Girls Earlier

In Tips for Parents: Puberty Begins in Girls Earlier, discover that girls are beginning puberty at an earlier age.  Get tips and resources for preparing your daughter (and yourself) for her changing body.

Tips for Parents: Sexism and Stereotypes in School

In Tips for Parents: Stereotypes in School, learn issues girls face in today's schools that interfere with their academic success and confidence, and understand how all girls schools are helping girls achieve more.

Parents Guide to Understanding and Raising Boys

From PBS--featuring “Active or Aggressive Boys?” “Boys in School,” “The Search for Masculinity,” “Emotionally Strong Boys,” an expert Q&A, and other useful resources.

Even Hockey Players Read-Boys, Literacy, and Learning

Booth, David.  Pembroke, 2002.  Available for free download.

What Challenges Are Boys Facing and What Opportunities Exist to Address those Challenges?

This brief presents research-based information about the strengths that make boys likely to succeed and the risks, or challenges, that increase the likelihood that they will struggle.

Tips for Parents: The Gender Gap in Schools - Fact or Fiction?

For decades we’ve been hearing about the “Gender Gap” in our schools.  This gap referred to research done in the 1970s, 1980s and particularly the early 1990s that indicated that girls were performing significantly lower than boys in math and science, received less attention from teachers, and that more men than women were going to college.  Today, a growing tide of researchers and educators are loudly claiming that not only was this research flawed, but the exact opposite is true.  Boys are the ones falling behind.

What Parents Can Do About the Sexualization of Girls

Tips to teach girls to “value themselves for who they are, rather than how they look.”

Raising Cain--Boys in Focus

“The documentary, Raising Cain: Boys in Focus, provides answers, insights, ideas, and hope. Hosted by child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys, this documentary explores the emotional development of boys in America today. Thompson consults with some of our nation's most respected psychologists, social activists, researchers and educators to probe the issues facing boys and find solutions to their dilemmas.”

Tips for Parents: Girls in Science and Math

Learn how to encourage girls in math and science and break down barriers for success.

Video: Sexual Harassment

How to teach your child to deal with sexual harassment.

Active or Aggressive Boys?

Boys tend to be more active and more aggressive than girls.  This resource from PBS takes a look at boy agression, the role media has in boy violence, and what parents can do.

Boys--The Search for Masculinity

This resource from PBS discusses takes a look at what it means to grow up masculine, the masculinity tests boys often face, how boys are often encouraged to hide the tender or emotional aspects of their personality and the many ways to be a man.

Tips for Parents: Girls Facing New Issues

In Tips for Parents: Girls Facing New Issues, learn the problems today's girls face, such as early puberty, cyberbullying, girl on girl violence, body image, and sexism and stereotyping in school.

Video: Encouraging Girls in Math and Science

Tips to encourage your daughter to pursue math and science.

Raising Respectable Boys...Not Macho Men

“Raise Respectful Boys...Not Macho Men” From the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

Girls Go Tech

A Girl Scout website, Girls Go Tech features science games, technological career exploration, links to other interesting websites, a video competition, and a booklet with tips for parents.

Girls Inc

“Encouraging All Girls to Be Strong, Smart, and Bold…”  With articles for girls such as “Design Your Future,” “Build Your Spirit,” “Examine, Experiment, Explore” and more.  Features inspirational women role models and a girls’ Bill of Rights.

Girl Start

“Empowering girls in math, science, and technology.” Features include news and events, programs, volunteer opportunities, and an activities section just for girls.

The National Council for Research on Women

With information about programs, initiatives, publications, reports, and great links to information for and about girls.

The Role Model Project for Girls

A role model registry, references and resources, and additional information to encourage girls to succeed.

Title IX

The information campaign site for Title IX, which protects against sexual discrimination in any federally funded program.  Includes “10 Key Areas of Title IX” such as athletics, career education, math and science, and standardized testing.  Also features legal cases, how to take action, and a press room.

Video: Girls and Leadership

Make sure your daughter's environment isn't keeping her from becoming a leader.

Video: Playing Fair--Title IX

Using Title IX to ensure your daughter has equal opportunities in sports at school.

Tips for Parents: Girls and Leadership

Tips to encourage and prepare your daughter for leadership roles.

Tips for Parents: Title IX

Understand how Title IX factors into your daughter's education.

American Association of University Women

"Promoting education and equity for women and girls.”  Features community programs, research such as the “Girls in Education" series, fellowships, grants, awards, and an issues advocacy department.

Empowering Girls--Media Literacy Resources

Links to organizations that empower girls and teach them how to be critical of the sexualizing messages they hear in the media.

Boys in School

Learn how the typical classroom may not favor the way boys learn.


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