Parenting Webinar Series – March & April 2015

Parenting Webinar Series – March & April 2015

We all are facing parenting issues other generations have never seen before, but what our experts know is that we can still succeed in raising hardy, healthy kids. This new series will consist of seven 60-minute webinars with different experts in the field of child development who will share their research on how we can redefine the scope of childhood and offer tools that best support our role of parents.

Registration price: $20 each or purchase the whole series for $125! To register for the entire Parenting Webinar Series, click here. To register for individual webinars, click on each title below. For more information, call Hardy Girls Healthy Women at (207) 861-8131 or email

Can’t make the scheduled webinar time? No problem! HGHW will send each registrant a recording of the webinar so you don’t have to miss out and can watch on your own time!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Activism for You and Your Family (Register Here)

Maine Women’s Lobby

The Maine Women’s Lobby will provide and discuss best practices, tools, tips, and techniques to help with activism for legislation, the media, and in your community.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 1-00pm-2:00pm EST

Mother-Daughter Book Clubs: How Parents Can Help Girls Thrive in Today’s Culture (Register Here)

Lori Day

Learn about the power of mother-daughter book clubs as a way to push back today’s  culture. Lori Day will discuss the impact of media on children and how parents and faculty can teach media literacy to help girls learn to deconstruct the harmful and stereotyped media and marketing messages that bombard daily. Day will discuss eight of the biggest challenges facing our girls today such as: gender stereotypes and sexism, sexualization/objectification of girls, beauty obsession and negative body image, “mean girl” bullying, and more!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Raising Culturally Competent Children (Register Here)

Michelle Chalmers, MSW

Teaching children the benefits of human diversity and being a global citizen.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 – 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics and Consumers (Register Here)

Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

This webinar takes a look at children’s consumption of sexualized media messages while providing parents, teachers, and professionals with strategies for dealing with their influence. In this eye-opening discussion, experienced child psychologist Jennifer Shewmaker takes a hard look at the impact of advertisements, products, and entertainment on a child’s psyche and offers strategies for helping kids become critical, active media consumers. Drawing from research in a wide variety of disciplines, the webinar explores the interpersonal factors within children’s lives that impact how they learn to process sexualized media messages. Participants will receive tips for promoting strengths in children and adolescents of both genders and learn about the protective influence of communities on helping children dismiss distorted media images in favor of a character-based mindset.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Through the Lens of a Girl: Understanding the Role of Social Media in the Lives of Teen Girls (Register Here)

Kamla Modi and Myah Simms

The world of social media has expanded in just a few short years. It is critical to understand how girls are using social media, the role of social media in girls’ lives, and the impact of social media in the way girls communicate, interact, and understand the world around them. What better way to learn from the voices of girls themselves? In this webinar you will learn about the experience of social media for girls through research findings developed by the Girl Scout Research Institute and a teen expert in the social media space. You will also learn tips and recommendations for how to best work with and communicate with girls about their experience in social media.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Resolving the Princess Problem: Raising Empowered, Media Literate Girls with Pop Culture Coaching (Register Here)

Dr. Rebecca Hains

Princess culture is full of unhealthy beauty ideals and stereotypes about gender and race that our children are not equipped to handle. What’s a concerned parent to do? Rebecca Hains reveals how parents can act as their daughters’ pop culture coaches, raising them to see the media’s harmful messages from a critical perspective–taking power away from the media and empowering our children, instead. Participants will learn the four steps of pop culture coaching and how to apply these steps to toys, movies, and television shows, and more, with special attention to the princess culture that dominates many young girls’ lives.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 1:00pm-2:00pm

She’s Not Flawed: Starting With Strengths to Help Our Daughters Through Crisis (Register Here)

Lindy Graham, LCSW

When teens engage in what we perceive as dangerous or self-injurious behavior, it is typical for parents to experience fear and anxiety, making it challenging to find clarity about how to help. This webinar will explore some of the potential meaning behind self-harming behavior (including disordered eating), and provide parents with tools and skills for helping their teens find their voice from a strengths-based perspective.