I’m a proud mom of two vivacious boys. They keep me on my toes and inject laughter into the fiber of my every day. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yet, I still get approached about having a girl. I’m a tomboy at heart, I grew up with two brothers and mostly male friends, boys are sort of my jam. While I would never be disappointed it either of them were a girl, I must admit, I enjoy being a boy mom.
This world can seem crazy most days and raising a young girl to be a strong and independent woman frightens me. Especially as of late, where it seems, there are so many issues that effect females entirely while young men seem unscathed. Yes I am aware there are issues about raising young boys that anger me, like growing up in a society that teaches boys to ignore their feelings / emotions. I do my best to battle these troubling masculinity issues and explain that there are all kinds of differences in people, and all feelings matter. Still, there are some issues they will never have to face, and to be honest, I’m grateful for it.
Everywhere I look these days it seems young girls are being exposed to more and more sexualization in childhood. There are heels for toddlers, bikinis that compete with Swimsuit Illustrated for young girls, and the majority of Halloween costumes bearing a mid-drift. My contribution can only be to raise young boys into men who know the true value of having women as equal partners in this life, and to always exhibit this manner of respect at all times.
Whether its weight issues, or body image. Women are far more likely to take a beating regarding their physical appearance. It can be quite discouraging to know that you can do anything and everything that your male counterparts do, yet still be reduced to something as menial as your appearance. Women are criticized for showing too much, or too little on a constant basis. My only hope is to raise young men who see beyond appearances and can appreciate women who show up and give their all, no matter what line of work they are in.
As willing participants, my boys will have every opportunity at an education that their ambition will afford them. There is no glass ceiling, the opportunities are endless. This can also be attributed to the region in which we were born. There are still so many countries in this world that do not provide education for young girls. Almost instantly they are denied opportunities so that their male siblings and neighbors will have a chance to get an education. CARE.org is a global humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty through educating young girls and women. They believe wholeheartedly that the salvation of these communities lies within the women of the community.
It breaks my heart to realize there are so many young ladies that have gone without the opportunities they deserve simply because of their gender. The voices that haven’t been heard. The thoughts, ideas, hypothesis, and theories we’ve gone without because of a person’s sex. It seems so simple, yet still so far from becoming the norm. The folks are CARE.org are doing all they can to break this cycle and encourage communities to support the women that support them. #SimplySaid is a campaign developed by CARE to bring awareness to young women all over the world with a thirst for knowledge. Allowing these young women to put their dreams and aspirations on paper and state what it is they wish to achieve in this lifetime.
We just returned from a three-day trip to Legoland for my oldest sons sixth birthday. I sat back and watched as he thoroughly enjoyed himself freely without a care in the world. It brings me joy, while still reminding me of how lucky we are, and how much we can take for granted. Six year olds in other parts of the world have the same desires as my son, but do not have the resources available to express those desires.
You can join CARE by writing your own letter of hope to a child in need. Our word have power, and becoming a beacon of light and hope to a child who would otherwise not have any, can very well change the course of their life.
The most inspirational family movie of the year hits theaters today!
Queen of Katwe has already received critical acclaim for its inspiring portrayal of real-life chess champion, Madina Nalwanga.
Here are a ton of clips to inspire you to head to the theater and experience the best chess move for yourself!
HSN is excited to partner with Soular Backpacks! For every Soular Backpack purchased, a solar-powered backpack is given to a child in Africa to help study at night. Currently, children are using kerosene lamps, which can cause health complications. Soular Backpacks use natural energy from the sun during a child’s walk home from school. Make a difference today: http://gohsn.co/gh6NNz
Queen of Katwe is in theaters nationewide Friday, September 30th!