TODAY is International Women’s Day, and this year it’s feeling more meaningful to me than ever before. Since beginning my blog, it has become so evident to me how the community of Moms around the world are so incredibly strong. We all deal with many of the same challenges, navigate the same obstacles and I would guess that many of us all feel “not good enough” at times. The pressure we put on ourselves as Moms in today’s world is beyond measurable. How do we make sure our children eat healthy, don’t have too much screen time, are socialized well enough to start FULL DAY kindergarten at the age of 4 (and some even 3)? How do we keep them safe in a world of evil, and shield them from bullies? How do we teach them to write their name, identify colours, tie their shoelaces and treat people with kindness? Feel empathy, use their manners, be open with us, have strength, be brave, chase their dreams and find adventure. The list goes on and on…
As mother’s of daughters we have a unique challenge. In a world where Men have always triumphed, we have an obligation to teach our girls that they are just as good, just as strong, just as worthy to take on the world. My hope for K is that she never feel that she is less because she is a woman. I hope that I can teach her to be a feminist; read books by Gloria Steinam and Maya Angelou. Conquer the business world like Sheryl Sandberg and use her voice to empower all other women just as Emma Watson, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai. Whats even more important, is that I teach my son the same message! He will learn that he is not above, not better, and not stronger because he is male.
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I am so excited to see what kind of people my children grow up to be. Will they be athletes, business men/women, tradespeople, politicians, lawyers, doctors, artists, actors.. who knows?!? Either way, I hope they know that they can BOTH be anything they want to be! I have a dream for them, and that is that they feel supported enough to go after their own unique adventures, that they are kind to everyone, and respectful of all beings. I hope that they both feel “good enough” to accomplish anything they want, and that they become parents one day who struggle less with the pressures of parenthood. I hope that their world is more about equality, and less about power. Support, community, love, peace – these are words that I dream are in their lives on a daily basis.
Today there is a beautiful campaign supporting international women’s day. It’s called “One Day I will“.. So here’s mine…
One Day I Will… run my own business and be my own boss!
What is your “One Day I will…..”?
Leave a comment below, and then start your adventure! 🙂