There are many times that society inadvertently sends the wrong signals to children, and unchecked or unquestioned, these can become ingrained within them, imposing limits on their lives. When such signals are encountered, they should always be challenged by the adults in a child’s life.
A great example of this is the #LikeAGirl campaign from Always. It aims to show how the phrase ‘… like a girl’ (as in ‘you throw like a girl’ or ‘you run like a girl’) taints the image that girls have about themselves and their abilities, but it also aims to reclaim the phrase ‘… like a girl’ to mean something positive rather than negative. Yes, it’s part of a marketing campaign, but it still promotes a positive life lesson for girls (and boys), that just because they are girls, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be good at certain things, like throwing or running, and they shouldn’t believe it just because other people tell them it’s true.
So, here are two videos from the #LikeAGirl campaign that I feel demonstrate this important life lesson. I would recommend showing them to children from about the age of seven onward as this is around the time that girls will start becoming self-limiting as they start to learn what society expects from them.
About The Author: This post was written by Colin Drysdale, the creator of How To Raise A Happy Genius.
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