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teenagers, especially girls, have long clashed with their parents over the outfits they wear to school. Parents have called out their daughters for wearing a shirt that’s too tight, a skirt that’s too short, a dress that’s too revealing.
but many high school girls are pushing back against these restrictions in the name of female empowerment, forcing parents to rethink how they talk about the way their daughters dress.
In the age of “body positivity” and campaigns against “slut shaming,” how do parents navigate conversations about teenage girls and their clothing choices?
“Parents that consider themselves to be progressive can feel very stymied in these conversations,” said Lisa damour, a clinical psychologist and author of Under Pressure, a book about anxiety in girls.
Perhaps most important is what not to say, damour said. She urged parents to avoid bringing shame into the conversation with words like “slutty.”
“What teenage girls almost invariably hear is, ‘you think I’m a slut,’” damour said. Open the door to a broader conversation about her style and what she’s hoping to get across.
Monarch butterflies are on the move. they’re travelling from the Northeast to their winter home in Mexico. and as they travel, they might stop in your neighbourhood for sips of nectar from flowers. but what if none of the yards offer a tasty snack for monarchs or other pollinators? you can change that. and October is a good time to start.
James Gagliardi and Sylvia Schmeichel are the horticulturalists at the Smithsonian Gardens responsible for the large pollinator garden outside the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, d.c. they encourage kids (and their parents) to think about a variety of animals when planning a garden. “Move beyond monarchs,” Gagliardi said. “different pollinators connect with different plants in different ways. beetles are pollinators. Hummingbirds, flies, bees, moths.”