Saturday, July 4, 2020

Emma Bell’s Painfully Powerful True Body Image War Story

The talented and generous Emma Bell shares with Real Deal her painful story of being bullied … When I was 6 years old I got in trouble for kissing my ‘boyfriend’ in preschool during reading. We thought we’d get married.  When I was in 1st grade I serenaded the boy I liked with a rousing […]


In listening to a radio show discussing the impact of recently-released 2012 school lunch/breakfast regulations, a primary feature of which is the limitation of calories per meal, obviously in response to concern over children’s weights,  it struck me once again how misguided is the focus on calories that public health initiatives continue to have. Certainly, […]

Eating Disorders Tools for the Dog Days of Summer

How can parents respond to the defensiveness of an eating disorder? We are in the midst of summer now, constantly barraged with advertisements showing airbrushed and photoshopped models in barely-there bikinis—images that can be severely destructive to a person’s self-esteem. Even the most self-confident person can be affected by these images. For those with eating […]

10 Phrases That Every Child Needs to Hear

This guest post graciously submitted by Laura Dessauer, Creativity Queen What would happen if…your child embodied these 10 phrases? Imagine the difference it would make in your child’s life. I call these the 10 commitments, the words your child needs to hear from you: You are lovable: No matter what, you are lovable. You do […]

Is It Too Late to Apologize?

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. Hi Rachel, I started college last year and met my friend who quickly became a best friend. The problem is that later on in the year a third friend popped up to make a threesome and I didn’t handle the situation as gracefully as I could have. […]

5 year old boy dares to dress as a girl, neighborhood moms freak.

WATRD blast from past, originally posted 11/2010 I found this story about a “Boo” a 5 year old boy who decided to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo quite interesting and I think you will too. His mother has an awesome post on the “aftermath” of Halloween, but here are the highlights. The kid […]

No Belts For No Bullying.

This guest post graciously submitted by Shihan Michelle Gay Today, on our first belt ceremony day, no new belts were given out at the dojo. Instead an impromptu protest was staged and we have declared our dojo to be a “bully free zone”.  And we mean it. After a rash of dressing room events over […]

My Very Own Dakota Fanning

This guest post provided by Dr. Dana from A few months ago my daughter and I were in Trader Joe’s, looking unkempt and bedraggled after some serious park time on a blustery, spring day.  Along with everyone else, we elbowed our way through the bottle neck at fruits and vegetables, continued bumper to bumper […]

Parents Teasing Their Daughters about Weight

March 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Moms & Sisters, Talking To Kids

I am reading this great book by Valerie Frankel called “Thin is the New Happy” and in it she gives a very interesting statistic about parents and daughters. (The book is about the author’s life; how growing up she was tormented by her mom about her weight, i.e., put on Weight Watchers at the age […]

Why Lady Gaga Is A Role Model for Girls

January 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Role Models, Talking To Kids

We’re all about original content at WeAretheRealDeal. But when I saw this post on Facebook (via Courtney Martin, author of Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, which I reviewed here), I couldn’t help but share this kick-ass article by Lilly @

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