Although I usually write about products, events, and websites that are geared to moms who are pregnant or who have little ones under age three, I thought I'd take a minute to acknowledge my readers who are moms of teen or tween girls this evening.
There's no denying that it's tough being a teen girl in today's society. It's a confusing time full of questions like: Who am I? Who will I become? What are my strengths? Who can I trust with my heart? When will I fall in love? What does my future hold?
Unfortunately, girls often look to the media to find the answers. They see the popularity, the pregnancies, the posh materialism, the focus on "prettiness," and the "hook-up-then-break-up" relationships that are rampant on TV, online, and beyond.
In the midst of all this, it's great to find resources that are more wholesome. Resources that inspire, motivate, and encourage - rather than complicate an already intense time. One such resource is Heart of Gold, "the first website dedicated to helping young women recognize — and celebrate — the unique gifts they bring to the world."
Heart of Gold "was created to encourage young women to stand up for what they believe in. And then take a stand — individually and collectively — to see how they can make a difference in the world."
Although the website is still a bit scanty when it comes to content, it's certainly worth passing on the link to your teen/tween daughter. There are articles about fashion, community service, packing for college, and more.
Of course, you and your daughter can also buy accessories and jewelry with positive messages on the site (I hear clothing is on the way too). Best of all, every time you buy something on Heart of Gold, a portion of the profits will be donated to charity.
Here's an idea! Plan a special outing with your daughter - just the two of you. Go on a hike, get pedicures, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or eat lunch at a fabulous downtown restaurant. You choose the activity. While there, present her with a Follow Your Heart to the Life of Your Dreams Necklace or a Heart of Gold Necklace. Tell her 5 things that you love about her "heart." Hopefully, the necklace will serve as a constant reminder of your special outing, your presence in her life, and your belief in who she is and who she will become in the future.
WIN IT! One mama will win a Follow Your Heart to the Life of Your Dreams Necklace to give to a special girl in her life. To enter, simply leave a comment stating who you would present the necklace to if you won, along with your e-mail address, on this post prior to Thursday, February 14 (perfect for Valentines Day, don't you think?). The winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, Feb. 15. * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
* UPDATE * The winner is #84 redfantum. Congratulations!