Watching my young daughters play with their Barbie Dream house, I wish to freeze frame this moment. While I love being a mom, I am scared of how to parent them when they get older. I remember playing with Barbie’s and planning their futures when I was a young girl. Unlike my friends, I dreamed of my dolls being lawyers and actresses. Never a wedding or a stay-at-home mom entered my Barbie’s Malibu home. Since my mom died when I was ten years old, I do not even have a frame of reference of what a mother should do as teenage hood arrives.
Then I remember why I played court dates and stage plays with my dolls. It was because of what my mom instilled in me. It was her dearest gift to me. I knew I could do anything. I have accomplished many wonderful things in my life, and I have two miracle daughters to guide into being the wonderful girls they already are.
I hear their fast conversations as they script out what Barbie and her friends are doing. Ken uses manners and asks if Barbie wants to drive. When they go out for dinner, they both pay. This makes me a little less scared. Maybe some of my childhood has rubbed off on them. I strive to instill in my daughters that they can do whatever they can dream. We have a picture of a person hanging off a cliff with the words, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it will achieve.”
When Mom Central brought me on board to the Barbie I Can Be Campaign I leapt. There is a new website being developed called www.bethevoice.ca. It will help moms in raising their daughters to be smarter, happier and more fulfilled. Canadian Parenting coach, Terry Carson, will provide perspectives, wisdom and experiences to visitors to the site. We all strive to learn how to be better in parenting in some way. Terry will be providing tips and ideas as the in-house expert monthly.
National” I Can Be Day” is taking place this October 27th, 2011. Participating schools will be inviting moms to come in and speak about their careers. I look forward to participating in what I can to be a better mom on the National Day and every day.
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To my daughters, you can be anything.
Disclosure- I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada. I received
compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.