I am a mum of three girls and as my eldest approaches her teens, I do worry about how she sees herself. Body image; her aspirations and ambitions; who she looks up to as a role model. These are all things that will shape my daughters into the women they will become, and it is so important for them to understand that they ARE amazing and they can do anything they dream of if they have confidence in themselves.
I want them to grow up to be happy with who they are, and know that they are truly AMAZING.
This is why I absolutely love the new campaign launched by Girl Talk Magazine in celebration of their 500th issue (out today!)
The #GirlsAreAmazing campaign aims to promote positive role models, expand ambitions and boost self-esteem in girls. The magazine will be giving readers a chance to voice their opinions on important subjects that they face everyday and open their minds to new possibilities. Girl Talk is aimed at girls aged 7-12 years.
In the Mag:
Girls Talk will be featuring career profiles and stories of inspirational women excelling in sport, science, business, technology and lots more. In addition, there will be profiles of readers who have achieved something great.
There will be news stories challenging gender stereotypes and encouraging girls to consider these issues. Fortnightly challenges help to boost readers confidence. Read opinion pieces and stories written by readers about issue effecting them.
There is also an amazing BFFs competition where the magazine will be looking for the UK's best friends!
Join in with the conversation on Twitter. Why are girls amazing? Why is your Daughter or Sister amazing? Let's celebrate each other and our achievements. Look for the #GirlsAreAmazing hashtag.
A bit from Middle Miss (12) :
"I think this is great! It gives girls the chance to voice their opinions and boost their confidence. I love reading about inspirational women and girls who have achieved something incredible, such as Malala Yousafzai who spoke out about her right to go to school and Susie Wolff who is the first woman in 22 years to take part in the F1 Grand Prix - WOW!
Every girl is amazing - they can do everything that boys can do, they just need to believe in themselves and they can do anything. You just have to try!
Girls should have more confidence in themselves because sometimes they don't. Sometimes they believe that only boys can play football or rugby, but they can play too. Girls and boys are equal."
Middle Miss: You are amazing because you are brave and determined. You stand up for your friends and you accept people for who they are. You are fantastic at netball and singing and I am so proud of your achievements in science, PE and languages. Well done! I love your outlook on life (and your style ;)) Don't be afraid to answer questions in class - everyone is interested in what you have to say.
Little One: You are amazing because you have spirit. You know what you want and you're not afraid to go for it. You are kind & caring and I can just see you as the Doctor you hope to be one day. I'm so proud of the person you are growing to be; like a butterfly you are coming out of your cocoon - no need to shy away. Remember, you CAN do it and you ARE amazing!
Baby Girl: You are amazing because you are full of wonder. You are at such a wonderful age where lots of things are still new but you are finding confidence in familiarity. I love your gentle hugs and loving nature - I could snuggle you forever! Your understanding blows me away; my little learner.
So my boy isn't left out (because boys are amazing too)
Grown Boy: You are amazing because you are growing into a very fine young man. I'll know you'll cringe, but you'll be secretly proud. You have a fabulous sense of humour and are brilliant company (not bad for a teenager, huh?) You have never been afraid to speak up when you think someone is being unfair to somebody else and that is such a fantastic quality to have. You are genuine and wear your heart on your sleeve. I am so proud of your achievements in and out of school and how you look out for your sisters.
You are all amazing.
Join in with the #GirlsAreAmazing campaign - break the barriers and help our girls reach their greatest potential.
I have been sent some goodies as a thank you for writing about this campaign. Opinions are 100% honest and my own.