During the first lesson of each season, each girl is sent home with a Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole Grown-Up Guide. This general overview of each of the 20 lessons also includes questions and conversation starters you can use at home to reinforce the learning goals of the curriculum. By stimulating conversations that build upon each lesson topic, we hope to further weave the Girls on the Run mission into the daily lives of the girls and the adults who care for and love them.
Why is this important? While children can be affected and inspired by their teachers and friends, it is parents and caregivers who have the ultimate influence in their lives. Our hope is that as you discuss the lessons, you will also deepen your connection with your daughter. If she is returning to Girls on the Run for her second or even her fifth season, please continue to engage with her using this valuable resource.
The resources below are a listing of helpful books and websites that address the issues that today’s girls are facing. For more information about any of these organizations, please visit their website by clicking the link provided.
A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies, and music for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls and, of course, for girls themselves! The site was founded on the belief that all children should have the opportunity to read books, play with toys, listen to music and watch movies that offer positive messages about girls and honor their diverse capabilities.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. To help kids keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, this site offers up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Learn about the latest apps and websites, and get tips on talking to your kids about sharing, posting and avoiding digital drama.
Making Caring Common (MCC) helps educators, parents and communities raise children who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. MCC uses research and the expertise and insights of both practitioners and parents to develop effective strategies for promoting in children kindness and a commitment to the greater good, to influence the national conversation about raising and educating caring, ethical children, and to develop partnerships that elevate the MCC message.
The National Eating Disorders Association is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.
The PBS Parents Guide to Raising Girls will help you understand your daughter’s inner and outer worlds. You’ll find out how to help her grow up powerful, self-confident, and self-aware — with a critical eye towards the messages the media is marketing to her.
The Together Counts program is a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. Together Counts was started by The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO–led organization that is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by 2015. The website features a blog and home, school and community focused resources.
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