When I was a little girl, my best friend lived down the block and my closest group of friends all lived within a mile of my house. Today, a "neighborhood" can be an online community, and girls can have friends in every corner of the globe. Sure, they can meet with their Girl Scout troop down the block, but they can also IM with friends from a few towns over, and video chat with a relative on another continent. Girls today truly live in a much bigger world than we could have imagined just a few years ago. What is most exciting about this is that access to information and technology have ignited a creative spark in girls everywhere who are setting out to do amazing things today to change the world.
We can all celebrate the imagination and leadership displayed by the girls in our lives this month by joining Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and girls around the world as they celebrate World Thinking Day. This is a wonderful occasion that helps girls think about how the actions they take at home and in their towns can have a positive impact on the world at large. Girls are inspired to "think globally and act locally" on this day by discovering themselves and their values, by connecting via teamwork with other Girl Scouts, and by taking action to improve the world. As with all great pursuits, however, building leadership and self-esteem in girls begins with simple steps.
You can celebrate World Thinking Day and inspire a girl in your life to reach her full potential by spending just one hour with her engaging in any number of activities that encourage thinking and conversation.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Teach Empathy: Talk to your daughter about some of the challenges she may be facing and ask if she thinks these issues affect other girls as well.
2. Read: Take a visit to your local library and look for age-appropriate books that speak to some of the issues affecting girls; use this book to continue a discussion with a girl in your life.
3. Learn: Download an activity from It's Your Story - Tell It!, the new Girl Scout program supported by the Dove Movement, and help a girl discover who she is and reach her full potential.
When we educate and inspire girls we can change the world. This doesn't happen overnight, but it does happen when we all take the time to engage with the girls in our lives and encourage them to be active and confident members of society. When you think about it, that is the most beautiful outcome of self-esteem: a girl who wants to put her skills and abilities to use to make herself and her world better. I can't help but feel inspired as I write this and think about all of the potential that exists among today's girls.
How about you? Will you join me in taking action on World Thinking Day?
You can learn more about World Thinking Day by visiting Girl Scouts of the USA online.
We look forward to hearing about what you've done on World Thinking Day; share your thoughts and stories with us at www.facebook.com/dove. As always, thanks for all that you do.
Emmy and your friends at Dove