Rather than sending along an “Inspiring Instagram” account, I wanted to change things up this Friday and give you a different type of positive resource instead.
One of my favorite FB pages to follow is A Mighty Girl because it often posts thought-provoking articles for parents and educators about how to best support girls in growing up to be confident and healthy young women. In this overstimulated age where the media is constantly pushing the boundaries of violence and sexualization, parents, educators and girls alike can struggle to find healthy media representations of women. That’s what makes A Mighty Girl so awesome—it posts lists of amazing books, toys, movies/TV, and music that support girls in developing a healthy body image, positive peer relationships, and tackling difficult issues in life.
One list I wanted to share with you today is “20 Mighty Girl Books for Tweens & Teens About Healthy Relationships.” Here’s what A Mighty Girl wrote about the list and its importance:
“As tweens and teens enter the new world of romantic relationships, it can be challenging for them to figure out how this new type of relationship works and to tell if their relationship is a healthy one. With conflicting messages from media -- think of the romantic comedy trope of the boy who won't accept a girl saying no -- it can be hard for kids to figure out what healthy romantic love really looks like. In fact, studies show that one in three US teens will experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a romantic partner before they reach adulthood.
Parents can help teens make sense of what can be a confusing time by talking them about what makes a healthy partnership -- and how to recognize amanipulative or abusive one. In today's blog post, we've showcased a variety ofMighty Girl books about all aspects of romantic love, as well as a selection of resources for both teens and parents about how to recognize, avoid, or leave unhealthy relationships. By sharing these stories, and talking about what makes real love so empowering and special, we can help the next generation find the loving, respectful partners they deserve.”
Whether you are a teen, parent, or educator, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this list (click here) and reading one of these books. It will help you start the conversation on what a healthy relationship looks like—and what you and your teen deserve.
I am a teen-empowerment coach. I work with teen girls, ages 14-17, who struggle with self-acceptance, perfectionism, seeking attention from others, and deep sadness or anger.