Having the hard conversations with our daughters who are homeschooled is just as necessary as it is in traditional education settings. Whether it's social media expectations and "beauty culture" or fitting in versus belonging, our girls need us to help them overcome negative pressures and self-doubt, find their authentic selves, and make lasting friendships!
In today's episode, Erin and Amanda speak with Heather Stark, creator of the Grace & Grit educational programs and author of Her Story: A Heartfelt & Hilarious Conversation About Why Beauty Milestones Should Be Options, Not Expectations. Heather is a former school counselor who founded Grace & Grit as a means to inspire young girls to live their dreams! She uses the wisdom gained from her own life experiences to help girls find and feel comfortable with their authentic selves through Grace & Grit.
The Grace & Grit curriculum is comprised of lessons based on a historic female and the single character trait that helped her achieve great things throughout her life. All of the lessons, whether in single box or curriculum form, are designed to serve as an activity between a girl and a trusted female adult: sparking discussion on important topics, using a workbook with stories, posing and answering challenge and discussion questions, being inspired by Play-It-Forward cards and enjoying other gifts.
Resources & Links:
Her Story: A Heartfelt & Hilarious Conversation About Why Beauty Milestones Should Be Options, Not Expectations by Heather Stark
Grace & Grit website, www.graceandgritbox.com
Heather Stark on FB, @graceandgritbox
Heather Stark on IG, @graceandgritbox
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Business Owner, Author, Podcast Host
In 2015, Heather Stark stepped down from her role as a school counselor and started a girl
empowerment business called Grace and Grit Box. Subsequently, she created a podcast and blogcseries for women called This Is Me. Heather holds a Masters of Education in School Counseling
from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of North Texas. Stark wrote two self-esteem curricula, and for the past four years, she has led about
800 girls through this curriculum. She often presents her data at educational conferences. Heather has also published a Five Day Spirituality Devotional with Our Bible App. I November 2022, she published her first book, Her Story, A Heartfelt and Hilarious Conversation About Why Beauty Milestones Should Be Options and Not Expectations. Heather is a recipient of the Girls Scouts Women of Distinction Award and The American Legion Humanitarian of the Year. Heather believes that proactive, rather than reactive,
conversations help girls understand their worth and potential. Heather lives on Padre Island, Texas, with her husband, children, and two energetic dogs.