Last week my sister and I decided to take a little drive over the Hudson River to bring the kids to Bear Mountain. With scenic trails, plenty of rocks to climb, little trailside museums and a zoo which houses injured or orphaned animals that couldn’t survive in the wild, it was the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
Last week I met my mother-in-law in Manhattan to take the girls to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. So much potential for learning at a major cultural institution, right?
Yeeeeeah, that sounds nice and all and while it is true, I learned way more in the Life Lessons department than I soaked up in the art history department. For instance…
1. Plans are stupid.
Duh. I mean, I should have known this. Kids + plans = a regular laugh riot.
When Sam’s birthday rolled around last month, I decided we were way better off gifting her an experience than giving her more stuff. She’s got so much stuff. I knew that anything she wanted would come from family members and the friends who came to her birthday party, so we decided to plan a special family day instead of getting a ton of things for her to unwrap.
When my brother-in-law’s girlfriend mentioned a puppet show in Central Park, I knew I had to look into it. Samantha watched Labyrinth with my husband recently and loved all of the behind-the-scenes footage that showed how the puppeteers worked all of the puppets. Add that to the fact that a puppet show isn’t too old for a three year old to enjoy and I thought we might just be in business.
And I have to say, we had a pretty awesome day.
You guys know I’m majorly into anything that involves the empowerment of girls and women—as a woman and the mother of two little ladies, it’s kind of hard not to be. When Laura Bagnarol of Feisty Fems emailed me about her Pigskin Princess Project, I was immediately intrigued.
Bummed by the lack of group sports available to her daughter, this ass-kicking local momma took matters into her own hands and created her own program. Geared to girls in the 4-6 age range, The Pigskin Princess Project is a half football, half arts and crafts program aimed at empowering girls and keeping them off the sidelines.
Not looking to compare girls to boys, but rather to help unearth skills that girls might not otherwise know they have, Laura spends the first half of each session teaching girls about football (going through drills and obstacle courses that teach them the essentials) and the second half doing hands-on arts and crafts activities that help girls look a little bit deeper into princesses and what makes them smart, strong, creative and able—teaching them about strength (of mind and physically), self-determination, intelligence and bravery in the process.
I asked Laura a few questions to learn more about her and her mission and I’m pretty sure you’ll be inspired by her answers—whether you live close enough to get your girls involved in her program or not.
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