Professional Psychologist and Mother of Two Girls Loves Curlee Girlee Book

I love Curlee Girlee – as both a professional psychologist and as the mother of two young girls. For the last several years my research, teaching, and community work has been about promoting positive body image, preventing eating disorders, and combatting unrealistic standards of beauty portrayed in the media.  Curlee Girlee is a welcome and much-needed addition to the repertoire of tools available for building self-esteem and confidence among very young girls. Research consistently indicates that when it comes to teaching girls (and boys) about embracing their authentic selves, it’s almost never too early to start the conversation. We also know that hair can be a big source of frustration and attempts at manipulation in an effort to make it conform to our cultural standards. Despite its potential contribution to negative body image, hair is often overlooked in the body image promotion literature, which is one reason that Curlee Girlee is so special. Curlee Girlee is developmentally appropriate for a wide range of ages, and although it’s target audience is aged 4-8, its message will resonate with tweens, adolescents, and adults as well. But above all – it’s a great story! Curlee Girlee is relatable, silly, and quickly became one of our household’s favorite books. My favorite part of the story is when Curlee Girlee realizes that her curly hair comes from her beloved and beautiful Grandma Maddie. We know that helping young girls connect with female role models is a great way to empower them and help them connect with their true values. Curlee Girlee’s hair isn’t just beautiful, it’s part of her family legacy!

By Sarah L. Weinberger-Litman, Phd Licensed Psychologist Associate Professor of Psychology, Marymount Manhattan College

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Atara Twersky, Author of Curlee Girlee is a TODAY Show Style Icon. Her mission is to teach girls to embrace the beautiful curls they have with power and confidence. Join us as together we change the “coarse” of curly hair. Don’t forget to check out our recent article on What to Do or Say if Your Daughter is Showing Signs of Hating Her Curly Hair.

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