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Ask Dr. Carla: In honor of International Day of the Girl, Enjoy These Tips for a Better Mother-Daughter Relationship

  Today is the 2nd Annual International Day of the Girl! I am wondering if you can relate to any of the following concerns when it comes to parenting your daughter... Do you ever get frustrated by your pre-teen daughter's attitude? Are you unsure about how to discuss sensitive issues as your daughter goes through puberty? Do you sometimes feel frustrated by your daughter? Are you uncertain about how to get help if your daughter is facing a difficult situation? If any of this … [Read more...]

Ask Dr. Carla: Tips for Mothers When Pre-Teen Daughters Begin to Test Your Authority

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you had an amazing day being honored and/or honoring the mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, aunts, mother figures, and special women who are no longer with us who have loved, nurtured and cared for you. Over the years, I have learned so much through my work as a speaker, health educator, researcher, girl advocate and coach that I would like to share with you about how to help girls become happy, healthy and confident. I have also had the opportunity to talk to … [Read more...]

Dr. Carla Featured Speaker at National Center for Civil and Human Rights Panel on Women & Girls

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak to a diverse group of 200 women and girls in Atlanta, GA as a participant on a panel sponsored by the Women's Initiative Task Force for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  The purpose of the dialogue was to explore how women and girls in metropolitan Atlanta can come together to break down generational, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers to positively impact the lives of women and girls in the areas of education, leadership, … [Read more...]

Life Lessons from Steve Jobs

Although I am saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs, I am greatly inspired by the enormous impact he had on the world and reminded to follow my heart. Fortunately, Steve shared many success tips and life lessons that we can all learn from. If you haven't seen his commencement address at Stanford University, it's definitely worth watching.  Here is one of my favorite quotes: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the … [Read more...]

What to do the next time you have to make an important decision…

If I could go back in time, I would listen to my intuition more instead of allowing other people and their issues, drama, and priorities to negatively influence my choices. Even though I have learned to trust my intuition over the years, there are still times when I wish I had paid more attention to what my inner voice of wisdom was trying to warn me about before making decisions that affect my life, business, happiness, and peace of mind. Think of your intuition as a gut feeling, instinct, … [Read more...]

Sesame Street’s “I Love My Hair” Video & Conversation Guide for Parents

I love the Sesame Street "I Love My Hair" video because it aims to teach young girls about self-acceptance while building positive self-esteem.  However, my initial reaction was, "Where was this video when I was struggling to figure out why my dolls didn't look like me?"  NPR reported that the video aired on the October 4 episode of Sesame Street and was created by Joey Mazzarino, an Italian father of an Ethiopian daughter, who is the head writer at Sesame Street.  Mazzarino created the video to … [Read more...]

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