Spark! Raising Resilient Girls

parenting-girlsDid you see this smart article Meet the new girl: Parenting a gender-neutral generation, published Monday on CNN? Love the advice from experts, and real moms like Shannon McCormick of Columbus, Ohio, who hands out thoughtful compliments to her 3-year-old: “I tell Sophie ‘You’re pretty and you have a big heart!’ or ‘You look gorgeous and did such a creative job of matching your outfit this morning.'”

…We’re feeling pretty good that the organized protest against Disney’s Merida makeover seems to have made an impact: As Tracie Egan Morrissey sums up on Jezebel: “As a response to the public outcry, Disney has quietly pulled the redesigned Merida from its Princesses website and replaced it with the original Pixar version. It seems like petitions actually are useful sometimes!”

Another article we’re thinking about is a very personal blog Elizabeth Flora Ross wrote about her daughter’s medical struggles — and the importance of developing¬† resilience: “At four years old, she insists on being responsible for her twice-daily seizure medication. She shakes it, measures it and administers it to herself. I am in awe of her.” she writes on Moonfrye. How do you help your daughters become resilient?¬†

ONE LAST THING: This weekend, The Maker Faire is coming to San Mateo, California. This is an awesome event where kids can play and experiment — and meet inspiring girls like the 11-year old star of Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show.