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Edmonton Sun - - LIFE - You’re leav­ing the house in that? Help for the birds and the bees

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.”

James gagliardi/smith­so­nian gar­dens

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