Now here is a hero for our teen girls! Nancy Redd is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers. Her message to our teens is "know your body, own your body, and love your body!" She is also a Harvard graduate, Miss Virginia, and the swimsuit winner of Miss America, 2004. She should know, right?
More than ever I feel like teenagers are fighting an uphill battle to find out who they are, how they fit in the world, and what is unique about themselves, all within the context of what it is we expect of them, which seems to get more complex as they get older.
We want good grades, studiousness, perseverance, compassion, drive, beauty, loyalty, initiative, an involvement, in addition to health and happiness! We keep piling on the expectations, and sadly, our kids keep living up to them - but what are the costs to their self-images and spirits? How do they protect themselves from the images of beauty the media saturates us all with? How can families protect them? What can schools do?
The answers may not be easy, but we are going to open a community dialogue about this in Palo Alto, CA! I am excited to say that Nancy Redd is coming to town April 21-22, 2009. Palo Alto Medical Foundation has partnered with several local schools to bring Nancy Redd to town, where she will meet with girls in schools, sign books at Keplers, and speak at the Menlo School Commons in Atherton on 4/22/09 at 7 PM.
If you are a local reader, you will not want to miss this! See you there!