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Jun 30

Like a Girl

by Stacey

Recently, a great video has been traveling around Facebook. For some reason, I am unable to embed it on my blog so I’m going to direct you instead to a wonderful blog named Girl’s Gone Child written by the super talented Rebecca Woolf. Rebecca’s blog is a wonderful place to visit so do take a moment when you are there but then come back on over here to read a bit more. In case, you can also find the video by clicking #likeagirl.

The title of this video, produced by Lauren Greenfield is Like a Girl and it is part of a campaign sponsored by Always (don’t laugh- apparently they are doing really good things). In this video we see teenage girls and boys being asked to do various tasks like running and throwing, “like a girl.” You view them over and over again throwing and running weakly and in truth, foolishly. They all looked like Phoebe on my favorite episode of Friends. If you know what I am talking  you can see the visual, right?

Then the videographers ask young girls to do the same things. And over and over again, they run or throw fast with strength, power and confidence. These are children who have yet to internalize what it means to do something ‘like a girl.’

As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but think of my own two girls. One still strong and confident and one slipping rather quickly in to the world of understanding exactly what it means to do something ‘like a girl.’ Over the past few months, I have watched Caroline’s confidence shrink as she goes from being the girl who posed for the picture below only a few short years ago

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to this girl who is beginning to cross her arms in pictures as if to cover all her wonderfulness.
DSCN0509I know that media and society get a bad reputation but in this case, I swear Rob and I haven’t done anything new or different. If anything, we work tirelessly to keep Caroline’s confidence high. What else then has changed? Obviously, Caroline has entered the age where we all suffer a bit from self-doubt. I can clearly remember walking in to the lunch room in my school imagining that ever single person seated there was looking at me and critiquing what I was wearing so I know she is not alone.

Our challenge then as parents is to constantly remind these girls of all their wonderfulness. It is to remind them that to run and throw like a girl is to run and throw with as much strength and confidence as they can muster because they are amazing. I’m so glad I took the three minutes to watch this video as I know I needed the encouragement to keep up with these reminders. Here’s to doing things #likeagirl, always and forever.

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Jun 25

This Week

by Stacey

Things have been quiet in my little corner of the internet this week. I keep wanting to write entire posts about everything that has been happening around here and I still might but for now (because those posts don’t seem to be writing themselves!) here’s our week (so far!) in review. I sure am feeling like one lucky girl…

Katherine celebrated her last day of second grade.

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Caroline graduated fifth grade meaning that we now have a middle schooler in the house. How is that even possible?
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We went in to the city with my mom to see Cinderella.

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And my mom and I were lucky enough to meet Elizabeth Gilbert who is on tour for the paperback release of The Signature of All Things.

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Jun 20

This Moment: June 20

by Stacey

DSCN0448“The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.”

-Thomas Dreier

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Jun 17

Visit Me at Literary Mama

by Stacey

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I have been a huge fan of Literary Mama ever since I met it’s Editor in Chief, Caroline Grant, in an on-line class 8 years ago. The site is full of great writing and inspiration and today I am proud to say, you can find my words there.

Please click here to read my thoughts on jean shopping with a tween. As you can imagine, I do not paint a pretty picture. I’d love to hear your thoughts so don’t be shy!

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Jun 16

Twitterature: June 2014 Edition

by Stacey

It’s my favorite time of the month.Today is  Twitterature Day, hosted by the lovely Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy. Below are short, Twitter-style, reviews of books that I have read this past month.  12712435Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead. After reading and loving Astonish Me last month, I was anxious to read Maggie Shipstead’s earlier work. It was difficult to believe that the two books were written by the same author. They were so different in topic and tone. That said, I loved them both. 2153405 Still Alice by Lisa Genova. For a person who worries about how forgetful she is becoming, this book, about a Harvard professor with early onset Alzheimer’s, was a great read but a bit scary at the same time. 18143977 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a book that we are going to hear a lot about over the coming months. The story is gripping and the writing is gorgeous. I’m quite sure that I will write a separate review for this one. It was just that good.

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Jun 13

This Moment: June 13

by Stacey

IMG_5080“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

-William Arthur Ward

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Jun 09

The Weekend Papers: Third Edition

by Stacey

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Every so often, I write a post about the pieces that struck me in the Sunday papers.

Here are a few articles that I thought were worth discussing…

Katherine has a very discerning palate (insert the p word here) so I am always looking for ways to expand her repertoire. Therefore, I was thrilled to read Matt Tichtel’s piece in the NYT titled “In Pitching Veggies to Kids, Less is More”. Turns out that research shows that kids who are told nothing (not “It’s so yummy!” or “It’s going to make you so strong!” about the foods they are going to try or eat, will eat more of them. This certainly is not what I have been doing so I suppose it’s worth a try!

This week’s New York Times Great Divide article was written by Robert Balfanz and titled Stop Holding Us Back. The article studies the shocking facts of high school drop out rates among poor children and examines the ways that are known, but not applied, to help the problem. He writes, “It is not news that the students who don’t make it out of high school largely come from our poorest neighborhoods, but the degree to which they are hyper-concentrated in a small set of schools is alarming. In fact, according to new research I conducted at Johns Hopkins University, half of the African American boys who veer off the path to high school graduation do so in just 660 of more than 12,600 regular and vocational schools.” Wow.

Patricia Volk authors, “The T.M.I. Pregnancy” in which she tells the story of her daughter-in-law’s pregnancy as she accompanies her to visit after visit where one more test is run and one more ‘warning sign’ is discovered. In the end, the baby is born healthy and happy but the family has spent nine months worrying. I wonder about this a lot and know about all the babies and families saved by our excellent pre-natal care but sometimes I do wonder….

As a person who went to and loved sleep away camp, I was fascinated by Pamela Paul’s article Not a Happy Camper in which she discussed her hate of camp but the fact that her daughter is leaving soon and will love it. She believes that the world is divided into camp lovers and camp haters, with good personality based reasons. I always believed that my girls would go to camp just as I did and even sent Caroline one summer. I worry that I sent her too young because she was not a happy camper but this article made me wonder if maybe she is just not a camp person.

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Jun 06

This Moment: June 6

by Stacey

IMG_5061“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”

-John Weasley

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Jun 04

Dear World: Be Present

by Stacey

Dear World by Robert X. Fogarty
A few weeks ago, I traveled to New Orleans with Rob on a work trip. Hands down the best part of the trip (aside from catching up with friends, of course!) was the experience that we had learning about Dear World. 

Our first night there, we walked in to a welcome party to discover a photographer set up with all his equipment, ready to take our pictures. At first, I was ready to walk right on by but fortunately, we stopped to hear what Robert Fogerty had to say.

Robert describes Dear World in this way”

“I started this project in 2009, when people across New Orleans wrote their “love notes to the city.”

We learned that you can never lose your voice and over the past three years, I’ve looked into the eyes of thousands. They’ve shared the hopes and fears, their losses and joy with me regardless of their religion, race or language.

I ask people to share one meaningful message with family, friends and strangers.”

Rob and I struggled with what to say as suddenly it felt really important. I got on my iPhone and began searching for all of my favorite quotes. As I read, I realized that they each had the same message. Be Present. So we decided to be just that simple and took the picture above.

On the last day of the conference, we were able to attend a presentation highlighting all of the work that Dear World has done over the past five years. Since 2009, Robert has traveled around the world photographing people who have things to say.

He has been to the Zaatari refugee camp where he photographed hundreds of Syrian children, one of whose messages read, “I want the life I had to come back.”

He has been to Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy. There he photographed messages like the following, “The reason why we fail is so we can get up again.”

He has been to 2014 Boston Marathon where he photographed Celeste Cochran, a double amputee following the bombings who ran the last 100 yards of this year’s marathon with the message, “Still standing. Still beautiful.”

What an amazing man and what an amazing project. Please take the time to click through to the Dear World website. You can’t help but be inspired.

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