As a stay at home mom of two little girls, I am reminded each day that it's important for my girls to feel empowered and important. Their age difference can sometimes be a challenge. My three year old wants to do everything on her own, even when its clear she will need help or could get hurt...which usually happens. My eight year old is also independent, but is way more cautious and I think she has become more cautious with age. I don't think there is anything wrong with it and as a self proclaimed "helicopter" parent, she makes being one a lot easier than my three year old does...
A couple of weeks ago my oldest and I spent the night together, just the two of us. We stayed at a local hotel and had a mini staycation. We walked State Street and went into all the cute stores. I came across a photography book, Strong Is The New Pretty, and I became enamored with it and had to have it. Professional photographer, Kate Parker, started a project by taking pictures of girls ages 5-18 all across the country. Each photograph captures girls being silly, strong, confident, but most of all being real. This book is so inspirational! I thought about my little three year old hopping on her big sister's old bike with training wheels and she just took off...fearless, determined, and excited. I thought, I need to do a similar project like this. I want to capture young girls being who they are and show how beautiful strong can be.
I see my girls do brave things everyday, whether its getting up from falling off her bike, braving the doctor's office after splitting her forehead opened, walking into a new classroom for summer camp with all new faces and teachers, or starting to learn a new musical instrument. I know many of us who parent young girls, want them to grow up and face the world with the attitude that they can do anything when they put their mind to it. They can move forward during hard times, pick up the pieces from a broken heart, or study for a career that may be dominated by men.
So starting in October I am going to run a weekly inspirational series called Warrior Wednesdays. I will post a beautiful young girl, showing off her bravery, her silliness, or her wild side, so they can be an inspiration to all of us. To do this, I need your help! I am having a casting call for all girls ages 3 & Up who want to be part of this fun project. Let's capture their beauty, their innocence, and their bravery, all awhile just being themselves.