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How to Help Girls Understand How Social Norms Can Affect Their Self Esteem

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In a video posted by today's guest, Dr. Tara Cousineau, Caroline Heldman, Ph.D., gives a TEDxYouth@SanDiego talk: The Sexy Lie (http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Sexy-Lie-Caroline-Heldman-a), which covers many aspects of the work Dr. Tara passionately devotes her life to. These include: the importance of self compassion for mothers, how to help girls develop healthy self esteem, and ways they can empower themselves in the world.

More information about Dr. Tara Cousineau's work can be found on her website http://www.taracousineau.com/

Dr. Tara Cousineau is a clinical psychologist, self-esteem coach, and social entrepreneur based in Boston. She is founder of Moxie Moms coaching created for mothers of tween and teen girls. The on-one-one coaching and group programs focus on skill building and support in parenting daughters and is based on years of experience in working with adolescent girls and women. 

She founded BodiMojo Inc., which develops evidence-based and innovative solutions to help youth take control of their health by leveraging the “digital” playgrounds they reside in. The BodiMojo web program improved body esteem in teenage girls. A mobile app is under development. These products and the associated outcome research are supported by grants through the National Institutes of Health, Small Business Innovative Research Program.

Her expertise includes also writing, research and conceptual development in health media. This includes helping organizations identify and formulate health communication strategies to reach girls and women as individuals, groups and decision makers.