Spark! What’s Fueling Our Passions This Week

Tesla with PowerWe’re starting a new feature called Spark! Several times a week, we will handpick short news items that we’re fired up about — from cool opportunities for girls, to current controversies, and even some smart tips for helping the girls in your life join the Compassion Revolution. Got a Spark to share? Send it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #spark:

It’s been just over a week since the Boston Marathon bombings, and while our hearts our still hurting, we’ve been inspired by NBC News National and International Correspondent Ann Curry campaign to inspire acts of kindness in honor of the victims and families. All sorts of folks are participating, including a Daisy Troop that made greeting cards for those affected by the tragedy. You can read amazing entries on Twitter — or post your own using the hashtag #26Acts2. This could be a great idea for helping your kids feel like they are doing something to help make a difference!

Have you heard about Instagram beauty pageants? According to Common Sense Media’s parenting editor Caroline Knorr, “These so-called beauty contests are a growing trend among preteen and teen girls, with serious risks to participants’ privacy, online reputation, and sense of self-worth.” Read more about this trend — and Knorr’s advice for how to deal on Common Sense Media’s blog.

And, finally, you may have a hunch that you’re a helicopter parent, but what can you to give your child some space to fly free? Get smart tips from Middle School Confidential author Annie Fox’s about how to “help your child on the journey toward independence (in school and in life)” on her blog.