Mothers with teen daughters – Mother-Daughter Confidence Brunch coming to Columbus, Ohio

In a world filled with pressures and challenges, our teenage girls are facing unique struggles. Recent findings from the CDC have raised concerns about the mental and emotional well-being of teen girls across the nation. Central Ohio is no exception to this crisis, and it’s high time we come together to change their narrative. We want to show all of our girls their beauty and the bright futures that lies ahead of them. That’s why we invite you to join us for


The Confidence Mother-Daughter Brunch on October 14th at Mitchell Hall

on the beautiful campus of Columbus State Community College, from 11 am to 2pm

This special one-of-a-kind event aims to bring together teen girls and their moms for a day of bonding, self-discovery, and empowerment.


Confidence: A Key to Success

Confidence is the key that unlocks countless opportunities for our teenage girls. When they have confidence, they possess the courage to take risks, think outside the box, and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination. Moreover, confidence equips them with the resilience needed to navigate life’s most challenging obstacles, knowing that they can bounce back from even the most difficult setbacks.


The Unbreakable Mother-Daughter Bond

If you’re a mother, you understand that the mother-daughter bond is one of the strongest connections two people can share. This unique relationship is unlike any other within the family. It’s a special connection where disagreements are handled with care, understanding, and love. While teenage years can sometimes introduce rebellion, the foundation of a strong mother-daughter bond established from birth can weather even the stormiest of adolescent phases.


Benefits of a Strong Mother-Daughter Bond

The advantages of a strong mother-daughter bond are numerous and far-reaching. Here are a few key benefits that both mother and daughter can enjoy:


Great Support: A well-established mother-daughter relationship sets the stage for a lifetime of mutual support. When you invest in your daughter’s growth and development during her formative years, you’re sowing the seeds for a relationship where support flows both ways.

Your daughter is more likely to care for you in your old age, just as you cared for her in her youth.


Sincere Relationship: The mother-daughter relationship is often the most sincere of all. It’s free from judgment, allowing both parties to share their thoughts, concerns, and dreams openly. Having someone who unconditionally has your back, regardless of the situation, can bring immense fulfillment and peace.


True Friendship: A close mother-daughter relationship fosters true friendship. Daughters who grow up with a strong bond with their mothers learn the qualities of friendship, including loyalty, trustworthiness, empathy, and sharing. This foundational understanding helps them navigate friendships outside the family and make wise choices when it comes to forming lasting bonds.


The Confidence Mother-Daughter Brunch

At the Confidence Mother-Daughter Brunch, we are bringing together experts and speakers who understand the significance of this special bond. Our esteemed speakers, including SheKYRA Debree, Celia Anderson, Stephanie Shaw, and Shara Hutchinson, will share their wisdom and experiences to empower both mothers and daughters.

The expected outcome of this event is to enhance mother-daughter connections, fostering a renewed sense of self and illuminating thenvast possibilities that lie ahead. Through laughter, good food, heart-to-heart conversations, and surprises, we aim to create a day filled with precious memories that strengthen the bonds between mothers and daughters.

The Confidence Mother-Daughter Brunch is not just an event; it’s a movement to support and empower our   teen girls and their mothers.

Together, we can change their narratives and show them the beauty and bright futures that await. Join us on October 14th for a day of inspiration, connection, and transformation. Let’s build a future where every teen girl feels confident, supported, and ready to embrace the limitless possibilities ahead. 


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Where to find summer coding camps for Teens

compass college advisory

I am particularly concerned about girls in STEM. Over the years, there’s been a significant drop in females graduates in computer science for example. According to the website, women represent only 12% of computer science graduates versus 37% in 1984. What happened??

For me personally, I started out in the STEM area as a college freshman. The large, lecture-style STEM freshman year courses were clearly designed to weed out the ill-prepared students. My high school AP Physics course did not prepare me for the rigors of introductory physics at Stanford. Even with a “curve”, my test grades in this course discouraged me from continuing in the department.

In my consulting practice, I have had several female clients who are excited about the STEM areas earlier in high school. As the senior year draws near, however, their interest wanes. One of the ways that I try to keep their interests high or sometimes pique their interest is to introduce STEM summer camps.

Here is a list of camps that offers a great starting point for finding camps for all teens, especially girls: Summer Coding Camps for Kids – CodeHS Blog.

My hope is that the summer camps will stimulate their creativity and show them practical applications for STEM.

Another telling statistic today is that only .4% of female freshmen plan to major in computer science, whereas 74% of middle-school girls are interested in STEM. What’s happening in middle and high school for these girls??

Why choose a women’s college – Leadership and diversity

Smith College

My dear friend from high school attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has always spoken very highly of her college experience and its life-changing affect. In my visits to Smith over the years, I have come to realize as well that it is indeed a special place for many reasons.

Occasionally, I have talked with a female college-bound student about the benefits of a women’s college. A women’s college isn’t a fit for every female student. However, unfortunately, it can be a great fit for more female students than those who seriously consider what those campuses have to offer. The first response is “I won’t see any guys.” My myth-busting response is “Really? On the upper west side of NYC, next to Columbia University. . . no guys?” 🙂

If you are at least open to considering why women’s colleges are appealing for many young women each year, check out this interview with Barnard’s President, Debra Spar:

Q.What does the Barnard experience offer for women? To what extent is the experience of attending Barnard different for women when compared with other American colleges?

A.It’s both very different and not very different at all. You walk across Barnard and it feels like walking across Harvard, or Northwestern, or University of Chicago. It’s a big urban campus, very diverse, with men and women. They would look to be in equal proportions. But when you look more closely, what the Barnard students experience is really the best of both worlds. They get the big diverse co-ed environment when they want it but in terms of both their classes, and more importantly their extra-curricular activities, girls are the majority.Just by definition, the president of the student body is female. The leaders of all of the clubs are female. The young women really get an opportunity to be in a female environment and to develop intellectually, personally and academically, without always being conscious of being the woman in the room.The sense you get, even in the best universities in the U.S. is that women, even subconsciously, oftentimes feel that when they put their hand up they are giving the women’s point of view. You feel that you are somehow responsible for presenting a position, and that’s a burden. Whereas if you are in a Barnard class, you put your hand up and you are just being Deborah or Joanne, and I think that frees students to be themselves and discover themselves intellectually. By the same token, in terms of their social lives or the community life, it is this big diverse place.

Q.Does the college have specific programs to encourage woman leadership?

A.We do. We have a program that’s been in place for just two or three years now, so it’s very new, but its done amazingly well. It’s called the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. It is dedicated to helping young women think about their leadership potential, and more importantly what it has really done a great job of is actually giving young women leadership skills.There’s a lot of good talk in the U.S. and around the world about leadership, but a fair amount of it is hand waving and inspirational leadership. What we’ve tried to do is to think about what the skills are you need to run anything, a newspaper or a college or a Fortune 500 corporation. We hypothesize that there are certain skills you are going to need in any of those, and we teach those skills. We teach things like finance, negotiation, fund raising, and public speaking. So, it’s not specific to women – appropriately so because I don’t think there are women’s leadership skills, there are just leadership skills. But statistically, women seem less inclined to acquire these skills.

via Why Choose a Women’s College? –

There are 60 women’s colleges in 24 states in the US. (Massachusetts has 8 women’s colleges.) My hope is that more female college-bound students would be open to at least considering a campus visit at a women’s college. Here is a list of those colleges:

Judson College
Mills College
Mount St. Mary’s College
Scripps College
Woman’s College of the University of Denver
Hartford College for Women
St. Joseph College
Trinity University
Agnes Scott College
Brenau University  
Spelman College
Wesleyan College
Lexington College
St. Mary’s College
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Midway College
College of Notre Dame
Bay Path College
Lesley University
Mount Holyoke College

Pine Manor College
Regis College
Simmons College
Smith College

Wellesley College
College of St. Benedict
College of St. Catherine
Mississippi University for Women
Cottey College
Stephens College
College of St. Mary
College of St. Elizabeth
Douglas College of Rutgers University
Georgian Court College
Barnard College
College of New Rochelle
Russell Sage College
Wells College
Bennett College
Meredith College
Peace College
Salem College
Ursuline College
Bryn Mawr College
Carlow College
Cedar Crest College
Chatham College
Moore College of Art and Design
Rosemont College
Wilson College
Columbia College
Converse College
Texas Woman’s University
Hollins University
Mary Baldwin College
Sweet Briar College
Alverno College
Mount Mary College

via Women’s Colleges in the United States.

Girls and easy campus romance

But the authors of a new book, “Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate and Think About Marrying,” say all this success has come at a great cost to women’s sexual bargaining power. When it comes to relationships, they say men are calling all the shots — which means less commitment and more sex.

via The sexual cost of female success – Sex News, Sex Talk –