Saturday, November 05, 2011

Barbie I Can Be...Inspiring Our Girls

Shash and Mini Shash
Growing up, I can't say that I specifically remember having a "mentor" per se, but I had many women that I looked up to.  My mom, aunts, friends of the family.  When I was married and started having kids, I learned from moms who had been down this road previously.  Then I had 4 girls, after our son.  Now, as a mom, I want to expose my girls to positive, successful role models and mentors.  I want them to know that they can do anything in this world, from being a stay at home mom to being the Prime Minister, if that is what they want to be. 
It is evident, from my 9 year olds halloween costume choice, that they have at least one woman to look up to (there are plenty more;-).  Grace chose to dress up as Shash.  She is our pastors wife and a very, very good friend of our family.  I love that Grace could pull this off and feel so strongly that when asked at school what she was, she just answered "I'm Shannon, a Social Media Manager", very matter of factly. 

Hope and ummm...Hope:-)

And the role model doesn't just include adults, Shash's daugter dressed up as Hope, my 6 year old and Hope was THRILLED to say the least.  Her daughter has now become a key influencer in Hopes life and this is how role models and mentors come to be.  Our own older kids have become those important people in our younger girls lives and even Hope, at the age of 6, told me that since she is in grade 1, she is a role model for the kids in JK and SK.  She gets it!! 

I want my girls to grow up to be stong women, to be able to carry themselves properly, to be respectful, caring and compassionate.  I want them to be the world changers and be the ones to shake up this place while we are here. 

Barbie has a great campaign out right now called I Can Be The Voice
Established as a podium for girl empowerment, I Can Be The Voice™ intends to provide today’s parents with the tools they need to encourage their daughters to be their own best advocates; to help them realize the scope of their inner potential. Here, you’ll find relevant, constructive dialogue around some of the most pertinent issues faced by girls today. Search. Share. Speak your mind. Because every time you find your voice, you help a girl find hers.
Being a girl isn’t what it used to be.

It’s better.
Canadian Parenting Coach: Terry Carson, is the in-house expert and will be sharing new themes and parenting tips and ideas each month on the website.

On these websites you will find so much advice, inspiration, wisdom and perspectives to help you guide your girls and Inspire them to become The Voice among their peers. 

What are you doing to Inspire your girls to Be The Voice? 
I am always open to new ideas!!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada.  I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. that is just way too cute Ruth! and so true - Shannon is an awesome Role model for any child!

    Too darn cute.

  2. I was over the moon excited when I heard what she was dressing up to be for Halloween. She made my day --- heck --- she made my year! :)


    So Grace... you're up to preach tomorrow right?!