Along with US Soccer star Heather O’Reilly, I’m thrilled to team up with Niagara Water as a part of their #GirlUp campaign! Read on to see how this program is helping girls and boys reach for their dreams!
A few days ago we were on a walk when my oldest daughter turned to me and said, “Mom, when I grow up, I want to be a photographer AND a singer!” She could have said anything, be it an engineer or a fashion designer, and I would have been thrilled. What made my heart so happy was that she had the confidence to dream big, and to truly believe that she could do either of those things.
In that moment, I felt like I was doing something right as a mom. The one lesson I want to teach my daughter, above all else, is that she has the ability to do anything if she puts her mind to it.
Let’s face it, women in our society often have to work harder than men to “prove themselves.” Statistically, women are paid less than men for the same jobs. Also, some occupations and positions of authority tend to be male-dominated. The only way to break this trend is to teach our daughter(s) that they CAN do anything and they are just as worthy as their male counterparts.
How can we do this?
The most important thing is to set a positive example. Don’t compare yourself to others, don’t speak negatively about yourself or your body. Your daughters are watching your every move and listening to every word you say (even when you think they aren’t paying attention)!
Second, encourage your daughters to think for themselves. Talk to them, ask them about their hopes and dreams, and help them find creative outlets to nurture their ideas. It’s ok if their dream is to be an astronaut this year — next year it might be to become a doctor. The important thing is that they have goals!
I absolutely love this video because it is such a great conversation starter! Watch it with your kids (girls AND boys!) and see what they think!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Tell us how you teach your children to dream big in the Niagara Water #GirlUp Sweepstakes. Take a pic of your young soccer star in action and share it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GirlUpSweeps. Or submit a photo on GirlUpandWin.com. You could win a $700 soccer scholarship for your child! (Click here to enter and for official rules.)
Disclosure: This post and sweepstakes are sponsored by Niagara Water, however, all opinions are 100% mine.
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