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Which princess is your daughter?
I admit being into princesses does not come naturally to me and I quietly celebrated that my daughter wasn’t interested in them either. That was until we were in the planning her first trip to Disney World where she could meet “the real princesses” and became fascinated by them. Being an educator and an advocate for equality, I found myself resisting what seemed to be the messages that princesses were women waiting to be rescued and once rescued “lived happily ever after”.
I believe my daughter should develop her own opinions, draw her own conclusions and live out her own values. To be supportive, my cousin gave my daughter books such as “Princess Grace” about an African American girl who dresses in the royal garb of her ethnicity and “Princess Smarty Pants” about a princess who rejects preconceived ideas and chooses her own path. My daughter loved the alternative princess books, yet remained intrigued by the glitter and colors of the Disney princesses and we both found it challenging to resist the marketing onslaught surrounding movie releases. Additionally, she needed a common conversational topic with her friends, most of whom were enamored with the princesses, dressing as them for Halloween and wanting to play them on play dates.
Determined to support my daughter I began learning about the qualities and values of the princesses to match our own values and found meaningful ways to celebrate their stories beyond how they were defined by, and for, others. I focused on who they are and how they could be highlighted in the stories. I sought ways for the princesses to serve as examples of strength and courage. I wanted to show my daughter the contributions the princesses make to their stories rather than accepting how the stories define them. Though for some it was more challenging than others, I was surprised to find so many ways in which the princesses held similar strengths and values as my daughter including:
Belle enjoys reading and learning. She looks beyond appearance to see the good in everyone and is loyal to her elderly father taking care of him when he is lost in his world.
Ariel believes in the magic of learning from each other and is an environmentalist saving the ocean. She fights to explore her interests, stands for her beliefs and is intrigued by understanding the cultural differences of others.
Mulan believes boys and girls should be treated equally, she supports her family and was responsible for saving China.
Tales from a Mom on the Search for a Private School!
By “Mrs. Jane Schoolfinder”
Jane is going to tell it like it is, not everyone likes that, so the anonymity as she searches for a school for her child is warranted
So that time has come… time to put our money where our mouths are! Private School applications are out. What type of parent are you going to be??? Are you going to be the parent who sends out 10 applications? 5 applications? 1 application? Are you going to be the parent who gets all the applications finished and sent in within a week? I have no idea what my course of action is going to be, but I know that whatever it is — IT HAS STARTED!
If you are anything like me you are scouring the websites of the schools that peak even the slightest interest to you for your child. I am looking at religious school, secular schools, co-ed schools and single-sex schools. OH MY GOODNESS, all the pictures are so PRETTY!!!!
I am starting to narrow down where I am actually going to spend my application fee budget by location. Yes, I know this is supposed to be about my child, but if I can’t get them to and from school that will be an issue for sure. It is a very real logistical issue for our family. I have another child who is in school close to my home and the locations of all the extracurricular activities will also need to be considered.
I am also narrowing down the list by asking my child to look at the websites with me and getting input. I ask for rationales and reasons for the positive or negative remarks. It is really helpful to hear my child’s insights! Of course we get the usual, “I want to go to (school X) because (Friend A) goes there!”, but we get past that when we are looking through and reading the websites. Together we analyze what the schools offer and how the words they use on their websites make us feel. We are critically analyzing them and learning a lot of about ourselves in the process. We are learning about what we value and find important in education. I am learning what my child values and finds important about education. It is not always the same thing as what I, as a parent, values and finds important in education. READ MORE
By Joseph E. Powers, The Woods Academy, Head of School
The line about a picture speaking a thousand words came directly to my mind when I saw a picture of Pope Francis riding into DC in a Fiat.
Before Pope Francis uttered a word publicly on his visit to the US, he spoke to us all with his actions. The rhetoric coming from TV and the “so-called” debates the last few weeks has been humiliating to me as a citizen. With all of this noise around us, we then see how Pope Francis speaks to us. Actually, he doesn’t say a word at first. The first thing he does when arriving in America is he shows us who he is with his decision to drive to the Papal Embassy in a simple Fiat (I rented one once and it is a nice fun car).
We go from a humiliating series of political grandstanding events to a Pope that shows us the humility of a servant leader. Now I know I am biased, particularly because of my Jesuit upbringing, but religion and politics aside, being a servant leader who shows us the way is what I admire in a leader. The humility to be yourself, warts and all, and still be comfortable in a Fiat. That is a humble leader and that is what I aspire to be.
Rumor has it the Pope is supposed to be in a Jeep Wrangler for part of his visit to the US. If that is true, this only confirms he has good taste in cars.:). READ MORE BLOGS