Empowering Girls

The following is an excerpt from the Girl Power chapter of my book, Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes:

Girl Power: Empowering Children to Reach for the Stars
Sugar and spice
and everything nice
that's what little girls are made of

Sunshine and rainbows
and ribbons for hair bows
that's what little girls are made of

Tea parties, laces
and baby doll faces
that's what little girls are made of!

That poem, which was written by an unknown author, is sweet and endearing, isn’t it? It is pleasant to think of little girls as being all lace, ribbons, bows, and baby doll faces. But that portrayal of girls seems like a very old fashioned one, doesn’t it?

Here is what you need to know, girls! You are so much more than sugar and spice and everything nice. You have really come a long way in today’s world, and you can have the power to go even farther and accomplish even much more. To do that, though, you must never limit yourself by failing to recognize your abilities and by failing to take advantage of your opportunities.  That is called girl power!

Shelby, while playing make-believe, imagined herself doing all kinds of daring things, going to all kinds of exciting places, and being all kinds of famous and important people. But while Shelby had fun with her make-believe adventures, she really knew that those were only fun and imaginative journeys. She really knew that she could have the power to be any kind of person she wanted to be, travel anywhere she wanted to go, and do anything she wanted to do, if she believed in herself, and if she tried really hard, dreamed really big, and if she always, always, always reached for the stars.


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