*“But some people just fall in love like that!”
That’s just one of the cool reactions from kids who were shown a recent Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple — and then were told the commercial was controversial.
Check out the awesome faces of these shocked kids in this Today Show segment as they struggle to comprehend why showing a white mom and an African-American dad would cause anyone to freak out. Just another reason we love working with this smart generation!
*Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, and the 95 birthday of an inspiring leader who helped us to think deeply about peace and social justice. In his honor, we are posting a wonderful quote of his — one which resonates with one of our core beliefs at Go Girls! Camp: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
You can read more of his inspirational words on the United Nations Foundation website.
*ONE LAST THING: Going on vacation soon? Will you leave your office behind? If you’re like most Americans, you will stay connected, at least according to a recent poll.
But while some may argue that checking in on email or calling a coworker helps them let go, The Huffington Post’s Tim McDonald had a different experience on his digital vacation. Read what he learned by unplugging, then tell us: Do you unplug on your vacations?
*Are you still thinking about the Cheerios ad that featured a little girl from a mixed-race family — and all the buzz it caused?
We are. That ad certainly made us aware of how many more diverse families we needed to see — in books, in TV ads, in movies and more.Which is why we love this idea from Michael David Murphy and Alyson West (pictured here), who created the amazing site We Are The 15 Percent “to publicly reflect the changing face of the American family.” After all, as Murphy and West point out 15 percent of new marriages are interracial, “And yet, it still feels rare to see something like the Cheerios ad represented in mainstream culture.”
Check out the beautiful family photos on the site — and find out how to add your own!
*If you’re worried that your kids are spending too much summer vacation plugged into the TV, computer and handheld devices — and who isn’t? — you’ll want to check out the great advice from Dr. Michele Borba: How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back Into L.I.F.E. You’ll find some shocking statistics here (“the average eight- to 17 year old is plugged into some kind of a digital device seven and a half hours a day”) — plus some great tips, including warning signs to watch for!
*ONE LAST THING: Speaking of using media in moderation, the editors at New Moon Girls want parents to chime in on their new survey: “What TV shows are great for showing girls as the wonderful, not-perfect, creative, powerful, and amazing humans they are?” See what kids, adults and other girl advocates chose when the results are published in the September/October issue of New Moon and on the mag’s online site NewMoon.com! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYofm5d5Xdw?rel=0]*Have you seen this Cheerios ad that’s causing all this buzz because the little girl in the ad has a white mother and a black father? The ad has more than 2 million views on YouTube — and it was only posted 6 days ago. Around here, we’re ignoring ignorant, racist comments and paying attention to something else: The response from biracial family members excited to see someone who looks like them represented in a mainstream media. After all, there are nearly 2.5 million interracial married couples in America — but you wouldn’t know it to look at today’s media landscape. We love this comment from Camille Gibson, General Mills VP of marketing, who told website Gawker, “…At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all.” That’s how we feel at Go Girls, too!
*We are so excited by a recent blog post from LitWorld, which offers 10 ways for parents to build a family narrative with their children: “Summer is a wonderful time to reinforce a family culture of storytelling and story sharing…Stories build resilience and give us sustenance and comfort in challenging times. Besides that, collecting stories is joyful and fun and connects us all to one another.” Read the full post to learn how to write a family mission statement or create a family inspiration notebook. Also, find out what an Emory University study discovered was the most important thing a family could do.
*Are you worried that your kids are spending too much time plugged into a screen? Then you may be surprised by the results of a new study from the Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University, which showed nearly 80 percent of parents surveyed, “did not report conflicts with their children over media use — meaning, the children aren’t begging while the parents grudgingly withhold.” According to one of the study’s authors, Vicky Rideout, this was surprising. She told The New York Times: “We hear time and again about kids demanding more and more media devices and parents struggling to find ways to cope with it,” she said. “In reality, what we’ve discovered is that most parents of young kids aren’t concerned about media use.”
ONE LAST THING: For some tween girl parenting pointers, follow iTwixie on Twitter. We’re loving these recent gems, like “Apologize when you mess up. She’s watching.” and “She’s a stubborn girl… high five her! It’s a great skill for project management.”