I deal with the challenge of showing girls that they are important, smart and special all the time. Not only do I have two daughters of my own but I am a Girl Guide Leader. I work with Sparks (Ages 5-6), Brownies (ages 7-8) AND Guides (Ages 9-11.) In fact the National Service Project for Girl Guides this year has been Empowering Girls. The Mission of Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada is: Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada enables girls to be confident, resourceful and courageous, and to make a difference in the world.
It can be hard at times instilling the values I want my Girl Guides and my daughters to adopt but then I think of how not empowered I felt as a young girl and I want to make sure I do my part. My mother was great, don’t get me wrong. She always told me how special and smart I was and at first, I always believed it. However starting about grade 4, life got hard for me at school. I had no real friends, was teased all the time and made to feel like I wasn’t a good person. It got to the point where more people were negative towards me than were positive. I don’t want my girls to ever go through that.
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