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Written by Jill

Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough: The 10 Things That Stress Girls Out and How to Cope with Them

With compassion and insight, Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge shows teen girls how to find the solutions to stress and anxiety that lie within

Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make it all go away. But with the click of her heels, she’ll soon discover that the means to dealing with stress were always within her power. Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough helps teenage girls find the wisdom within to overcome stress in their lives.

Picture Perfect: What You Need to Feel Better About Your Body

Jill Zimmerman Rutledge counsels girls with body-image issues and understands that many girls feel they need to be a ‘perfect’ all-around girl–including having a ‘perfect’ appearance.

Read other girls’ stories about feeling unattractive, worrying about food and weight, finding a unique style, dealing with mean girls–and much more. You’ll see how they use positive messages or Special Statements, like ‘A beautiful thing is never perfect’ or ‘I’m a creative chick, not a carbon copy,’ to calm down their insecurities. Learn how to discover your own Special Statements and Action Plans so that you too can begin to see your own true beauty–and feel as picture perfect as you already are!

Prom: The Big Night Out

Take a trip to a wide range of proms, from the first cotillion and debutante balls of the early twentieth century to the integrated and LGBTQ-inclusive proms of the twenty-first century. Hear tips from young adults about how to have a safe and enjoyable prom; learn about creative outfits and fun promposals; see what some teens have done when prom plans changed because of illness or accidents; and meet the brave teens who have gone to court for the right to wear what they want and to bring the person they love to their prom.

Presentations: Young Women's Issues

Jill Zimmerman Rutledge M.S.W., LCSW has given presentations on young women’s issues, including body image, eating disorders, and stress management, for over 30 years.  She is a popular speaker, and gives presentations to middle school and high school students, parent groups, teacher groups, and professionals.  Jill has also been a guest lecturer at The School of Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago, National Louis University, and The University of Chicago.