No Make-Up Monday

National Eating Disorders Week is February 24th – March 2nd.  The Renfrew Center Foundation is asking all women and girls to forego make-up on Monday, February 25th.  The purpose is to raise awareness and promote a dialogue about healthy body image and inner beauty.  20% of girls ages 8 – 18 apparently associate unattractiveness with wearing no make – up.  This is a great way to get schools, girls groups, academic organizations and athletic teams to talk and raise awareness of the dangers of eating disorders and emphasize what’s important.  That self-esteem and confidence for a girl should never be linked with outward appearance.  Spread the word.

Does your teenager care about their friends?

If so, that’s good news according to a recent study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  As adults we often lament the time and attention teenagers give to their friends at the expense of their family or other responsibilities.  However, this research suggests there is a silver lining to this behavior after all.  Researchers discovered that adolescents who had caring friendships went on to develop a concern for others outside and beyond their immediate circle.  In short, they apply their empathy to others and go on to make a difference and leave a positive mark on the world.