This post is part of YummyMummyClub.ca’s support of Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. Go to www.becauseiamagirl.ca for information on how you too can make a difference.
This girl, my daughter Avery, means the world to me. She is my only daughter, and the only female counterpart I have in the whole house, pets included! Avery is my third child and I noticed something when she was born. People started saying how pretty she was, and not just as a baby… it has continued throughout her life. Now I agree completely, but with my boys there were also comments on how strong they were, how smart they were, etc. People acknowledge the strengths and skills beyond appearance in boys, but focus on how pretty a girl is.
By focusing on our girls’ strengths rather than their appearances, we can help them build confidence and become the leaders for tomorrow. They will be the women who run companies, lead organizations and teach their own children to be strong and confident leaders. Avery is so much more than just pretty.
She is smart. She does well in school, loves to read, and grasps new concepts and ideas really quickly.
She is creative. Art, crafts, and imaginative play can keep her busy for hours.
She is athletic. She loves swimming, soccer, and playing catch. She will pull on her running shoes and help me and her Dad train for a race, or try a new sport without hesitation.
She is brave. She tries new things, goes away to summer camp, rides the biggest roller coasters and rarely turns down a challenge.
She is sensitive. She cries in a sad movie or when she thinks someone she loves is hurting.
She is a good friend. She will stick up for her friends and always drop what she’s doing to be at their sides.
She is strong willed. When she gets an idea in her head, she is determined to make it work.
She can make a difference in the world.
Plan Canada also knows that girls can make a difference in this world. They developed the Because I am a Girl Initiative, which works to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls and their communities out of poverty. Through this initiative, Plan creates sustainable projects in developing countries to improve girls’ access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation.
My children are blessed. We are not necessarily wealthy, but we have everything we need. We are extremely fortunate to be offered many incredible opportunities. I want to make sure my kids know that not everyone is as blessed and that it’s important to help those in need however we can. We routinely go through clothes and toys, and I make sure they are a part of the process of helping choose things that they would like to donate. They understand that it goes towards helping others, and when there’s a charity that they want to be a part of, we all support it as a family. They want to be a part of making positive changes in the world, whether it’s in our own city or on the other side of the world. Giving even just a little can change a lot for someone in need and teaching children from a young age to give is something that will grow with them and inspire them to help. I really believe that knowledge is power. We have to teach our children what is wrong with the world so that they can make a difference.
Pink LemonAid is a fundraiser for Because I am a Girl, and Avery and I decided to make our own lemonade stand to take part.
Small actions drive BIG change.
That is the tag line for Pink LemonAid and I think it is so true. So we set up our lemonade stand to take our own small actions towards BIG change. We got rained out pretty quickly, but we managed to have some family discussions about Pink LemonAid and Because I am a Girl, and that alone made it all worthwhile. Soon we will have another Pink LemonAid stand, and I hope that we can encourage others in our town to do the same.