Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Childhood is a Journey Not a Race

This is a quote on a t-shirt in the Fall, 2006 catalog from the Syracuse Cultural Workers that arrived in my mailbox today.

How can we support girls to enjoy the journey of growing up as a girl in a culture that promotes the race to womanhood? I'll be pondering that and more over the next few days.

Until then, check out www.syracuseculturalworkers.com for Girl Power shoelaces, Girls Can DoAnything! t-shirts, Every Girl Every Boy posters and books including 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History, Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line is Crossed, and What Are My Rights? 95 Questions and Answers About Teens and the Law.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the resources! I am a GS Leader of a troop of 7th graders. I have been trying to keep empowering messages in all that we do, but I start to run out of ideas. I can't wait to start digging into these links and getting some fresh material. Thanks again!

Chicago Suburbs

Patti Binder said...

Thanks for coming by to the blog for ideas for your 7th grade girls! Have you been using the STUDIO 2B materials? Many of them are great conversation starters about what is happening in girls' lives.
Keep stopping by and commenting!

Anonymous said...

We ar eusing more and more of hte S2B materials! The girls don't care about earnign badges or even the charms, but they like the S2b activities and conversation starters.

Chicago Suburbs

Patti Binder said...

Sounds like you a great Girl Scout leader-- there is no reason to work on badges if girls aren't into them. Keeping them engaged and connected in an environment where activities are moderated by caring, teen savvy adults is what's important.

Full disclosure: I used to work for a Girl Scout Council.