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Partnering with Dove to Build Girls’ Self-Esteem: More Great Ideas

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Have you settled on an activity for Dove’s Self-Esteem Weekend yet? It’s this Friday through Sunday, which means you only have a few more days to decide. Dove is hosting a twitter chat tonight from 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST under the tag #DoveDifference – be sure to check it out for some inspiration.


What are S and I doing for the weekend?  Glad you asked.  Since S is 15 months old, we spend pretty much every hour of her life together already.  Therefore, I decided to spend my hour on a couple of projects that will hopefully help build her self-esteem in the coming years.  (I know, I’m bending the rules AND doing part of it ahead of schedule – what kind of a partner does that make me?  Don’t worry, I checked with the Dove people and they’re cool.)


I already posted last week on my interactive “You’re Beautiful Because…” print.  That took about half of my hour to make, the other half I’ll spend this weekend setting up a special email account for S and writing the first message for her inbox.  Just like with the print, I’d like to use the email account to remind S of all the things that make her beautiful and special to her dad and me.  Our goal is to send her little notes several times a year until she gets old enough to get annoyed by her parents and asks us to stop (you know it’ll probably happen eventually – but she’ll still get the message!)


Finally today, I wanted to re-post an idea from the first month of MPMK’s existence.  A lot of you weren’t around back then so I figured it might be fresh to you.  Also, I think it’s an especially good one when applied to little girls.  Case in point – have you heard of the Hygiene Hypothesis, which proposes that girls may actually be at a higher risk to develop allergies, asthma or autoimmune disorders because they’re not allowed to get as dirty as boys?  Clearly there are many reason we need to keep encouraging our girls to play, get dirty, and go wild!  So in that spirit…


Re-Post: Install an Indoor Swing and Instill Self-Confidence



The idea of hanging a rope ladder or swing from the ceiling might strike fear into the hearts of many parents, for the safety of both their little ones and their walls.  Yet, experts at Stanford’s Shyness Clinic recommend doing just that.  The Shy Child : Overcoming and Preventing Shyness from Infancy to Adulthood advocates indoor swinging, climbing, and other mildly risky activities to foster self-confidence in more naturally reserved kids.


Don’t worry, you don’t have to install a Chuck-E-Cheese-style monstrosity in your play room to reap the benefits of a little rough-housing.  One or two strategically placed items will suffice.  Although IKEA’s EKORRE line seems to have discontinued its swing (temporarily?), it’s still worth checking out for other affordable indoor playground options.  Real Simple has a few swing installation tips here and, if you really want to go all out, there’s this custom airbrushed wooden surf swing at Modern Convenience.  So go get yourself an indoor swing (or rope ladder) and, as Max would say, “Let the wild rumpus start!”


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Cecilia Madden October 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Awesome resources! I love this idea. I have an almost 2 year old and she is super active and daring. We love it! We have a smallish space but a swing could easily fit into a doorway…right?

I am also fantasizing about a climbing wall when we move into a more permanent space.


Heather @ Creative Family Moments October 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The idea of getting a swing indoors for the kids does make me cringe. Although, admittedly, I probably would love one for myself. I wonder if a trampoline in the backyard or letting your child build and launch a rocket would suffice for the risk taking thing… it certainly felt risky to me!


Shannon @ A Mom's Year October 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

My parents gave my four kids a swing years ago and it was the best gift ever. We have it in the unfinished basement (with one of those interlocking mats underneath) and it’s a great place for them to relax, go wild, whatever. And it’s wonderful during our long winters. We’ve never had any safety issues, and believe me, my kids are the type to have them.


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