All of the programs I have except two are up and running in the county now. The feedback from the administrators and teachers is overwhelmingly positive. The sense that the girls are somehow prouder and more confident as they walk through the hallways is a resounding theme. I think so much about the negative influences these girls receive so routinely as a part of their day and am thankful that Girl Smarts is lending a voice of reality for these young ladies.
Last night I was the guest speaker at a local elementary school on the topic of “Creating Everyday Leaders”. The research continues to show that giving our children a character base is the most important thing we can do to support their future success. If you get a chance, look up the marshmallow experiment conducted by Mischel in the 60’s and 70’s. Don’t just watch the incredibly cute video, read his results on the success of those children who exhibited the ability to delay their gratification during the experiment and the follow up success of those children 14 years later. It’s eye opening.
Do I think kids should be getting these inputs at home…I sure do. And I believe many, many parents are working to do just that. But when those lessons are NOT being taught and positive behaviors are NOT being modeled, we must give the kids a chance to learn things they can do to shape their lives. Even when those lessons are being taught, programs like Girl Smarts supports parents by emphasizing the importance of character and making smart choices. I shared this quote last night and I’ll share it now on this blog:
“The children are ours, every single one of them. Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin
We must be in the business of setting the standard, and the example and helping our children flourish!
Have a brilliant day!