My thanks go out to my fellow fierce girl Donna Wood for introducing me to a fabulous site called A Mighty Girl. A Mighty Girl bills itself as the world’s largest collection of books and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. When I visited the site I saw a breeding ground for fierce girls – girls that define their own parameters based on what they want, not based on what society says they should be based on gender stereotypes.
A Mighty Girl is also on Facebook and is a great site for both young women and young men to visit. This is a resource that supports the development and maintenance of a healthy self-vision, self-esteem, and sense of self-empowerment. In this day and age where kids are inundated with continuous input from all directions, critiques and gratuitous likes from around the world via social media, and friends that are often growing up at warp speed some sensibilities and grounding are being lost. I know as a parent my inclination is to go back to an old school model – a model that did not include social media and technology. But let’s face it, that is not realistic in a world where the medium for communication has changed so dramatically. It has become clear to me as of late that the smarter move is to teach responsible use and balance, combined with a strong sense of self and a sturdy moral compass.
A Mighty Girl is yet another resource available to parents and kids in their navigation of a changing world – a world where gender is not the sole indicator of mightiness. In my mind, we could all do with being a little bit more mighty. This is especially true when you view the framing of “mighty” as moral strength, indomitable spirit, and a can-do attitude. The world is what we make of it and a little bit of mighty can go a long way…be mighty.
Day one thousand four hundred and twelve of the new forty – obla di obla da