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In case you missed the news, our family welcomed our newest addition last month! Our third girl! If ever there’s a time in life that I’ve taken time to reflect, the birth of each of my children has led me to it. With a new child comes many new things. New personalities. New life. New struggles. New accomplishments and successes. New motivation and a new outlook. Another fresh start.
I started thinking a lot about the different stages in life my girls are in. Cyanne is off to first grade this year, and growing taller by the day. Caelyn will be two years old next week, and now looks like a giant in comparison to newborn Calleah! Where has the time gone?!?!
While I’ve adjusted many things about my parenting style over the years, one thing will forever remain consistent. The fact that I want each of my girls to always be confident. Confident in their faith. Confident in their self-image. Confident in their abilities… and even confident in overcoming any failures and obstacles they may find themselves faced with.
American Girl shares with me the passion to build, grow, and nurture this confidence in young girls. The Beforever line of American Girl Dolls does just that! Coincidentally, they also added a new addition to their family last month! Maryellen Larkin is the newest American Girl Beforever character. Maryellen transports girls back to the 1950s with her historically-authentic 1950s doll outfits, like an iconic poodle skirt and saddle shoes.
Her depicts an era that gave rise to tremendous growth and change in America. The cultural theme of of the 1950s; conformity vs. individuality, shows through in Maryellen’s story. She strives to stand out and be true to herself despite the pressure to conform to social standards, even though it sometimes means going against expectations.
While Maryellen’s story may stem from the generation of “the baby boom”, the burgeoning of suburbia, and lingering postwar prejudice… I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to instill these lessons in my young girl than in the world we live in today!
How do your daughter to be confident? Drop a comment below.