Today, we bring you the final installment in our month-long mental wellness series. January has been a fantastic month of spreading awareness on how we at Today’s Family help kids to be as physically and mentally healthy as we possibly can.
On Friday we gave you, “Boys Have Feelings Too!” and now we’re bringing you one for the girls! We know the struggles girls and women face; it’s everywhere. The media is always either trying to build women up and improve their confidence, or tear them down in an effort to sell the latest fad. Of course, this has an effect on the youngest of women too. Here is a list of 5 role models that can show your daughter that she is beautiful, and that this beauty lies in more than just a pretty face.
- Anne of Green Gables
Anne is an orphan who is adopted at the age of 12. Right from the start, she doesn’t fit in. Her adoptive guardians wanted a boy. Her bright red hair and freckles make her stand out in school. Her outspokenness and fiery temper get her into lots of trouble. All this, and Anne still remains strong and confident in who she is. Sure, she has slip ups (like accidentally colouring her hair green in an effort to hide her “carrot” coloured locks), but she learns along the way that what makes her different makes her special.
Anne teaches young girls that, although it’s sometimes hard, being proud of your differences and unafraid to express your ideas is the best way to be.
- Merida from Disney’s Brave
Another good role model, and perhaps more current, is Merida from Disney’s Brave. Merida, again, does not fit into the typical Disney Stereotype. Far from a damsel in distress, she is a skilled archer and huntress. Throughout the movie, she takes the fate of her family in her own hands and ultimately saves the day. Merida is the essence of girl power, and shows that even princesses need to be able to look after themselves.
Merida teaches girls that their bravery, skill and smarts are more important than their looks. Girls need to be able to look after themselves. No prince charming necessary here!
- Riley from Disney’s Inside Out
Inside Out is a must-see for every young girl. Riley struggles as her family moves across the country – leaving her friends and even her favourite sport behind. Riley’s emotions (Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear) try their hardest to become adjusted to the changes.
In this movie, we can see that it is more than okay to feel upset sometimes. It’s okay to not be okay. Riley’s fear to express these feelings to her parents and her confusion as the movie goes on opens up a bigger conversation. As your watching the movie, make sure your daughter knows that she can come to you with anything – even if she feels like she doesn’t understand what’s going on inside her head.
- Lilo from Lilo and Stitch
Lilo is a bit of an odd-ball right from the beginning of the movie. She feeds the fish in the ocean peanut butter sandwiches, listens to Elvis and has a giant imagination. Her peers think she’s weird and she doesn’t fit in at all. Not to mention the fact that she is being raised by her older sister. Nothing about her life is picture perfect, and sometimes her only comfort is hiding in her room in the company of The King’s records.
However, Lilo finds a friend in Stitch – the little blue alien. Lilo starts a conversation about being the odd one out. She is an excellent example because she never waivers. She is true to herself and learns to embrace her extraordinary life.
Thank you for joining us this month. We’ll have another exciting new theme for our blog posts next week – so stay tuned!
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Until next time,
– Today’s Family