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#TimesUp – The Ultimate Self-Advocacy Guide for Teens

Have you and your daughter had an opportunity to talk about the #metoo, #timesup or #whywewearblack movement?

Even though the glass ceiling hasn’t quite shattered or the hinges torn off the doors of inequality just yet, I’m hopeful that Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes will bring positive change … for your daughter and mine.

It’s no secret that sexual harassment, discrimination and disempowerment towards woman reaches far beyond the entertainment industry.

Just ask your teenage daughter.

She probably feels the sting from these negative behaviors regularly.

As a parent and teen coach, I wholeheartedly agree when Oprah said, what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”

Sometimes, though, it’s not easy for a teenage girl to self-advocate and speaking her truth may feel far too scary.

In addition, society often sends young women mixed messages:

So, what can your daughter do to break through the social barriers, courageously speak her truth and find her place in the world?

It’s time for her to root down, stand bold and RISE … imagine a giant Sequoia tree!

This Self -Advocacy Guide is designed to help your daughter grasp the power of choice and influence she has over the outcomes in her life.

Recognize the role her “roots” are playing and who she is, below the surface.

Investigate how her “trunk” will withstand adversity when it crops up.

Stretch her “limbs” to build her sense of belonging and purpose.

Evolve and grow her “leaves” so that she may show up in her world.

Learning to speak your truth involves a great deal of courage, true connection and a willingness to feel vulnerable.

As, Brené Brown says:

Vulnerability – the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome – is the only path to more love, belonging, and joy.

The downside? You’re going to stumble, fall, and get your ass kicked.

Worth it? Yes.”

I’m here to stand with you and your daughter.

Let’s continue the conversation while also taking action.

It’s time to hand your daughter, and mine, a new world.

What areas are you and your daughter passionate about?

How would you like to contribute?