Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little girls are made of.
Only what if they’re not? What if they’re messy and strong and bossy and fierce? What if they like superheroes and science more than princesses and tea parties? What if they like a little bit of all of those things?
As a woman and a girl mom, I am always ready to celebrate girls and to encourage them to be their unique, fabulous selves. Sometimes (often times) that means stepping outside of what the world typically thinks of when they think of girls. We’re not one-dimensional creatures. We don’t need to fit anyone’s mold and it’s so important for young girls to know that. We need to teach our girls that they can make the world a better place by being themselves.
I am my girls’ biggest cheerleader for anything they show a passion for—even if that means very different things all at once. They like to sing and dance and give each other makeovers but they also like to get really, really (really) messy. Ellie hates evil villains and loves a good, spunky princess. She has a soft spot for baby animals and currently wants to be a vet when she grows up. Samantha likes to make up sassy dance moves and song lyrics and to be 100% in charge. She likes figuring out how things work and wants to be a scientist when she grows up.
Both of these girls have their very own, very unique style and it’s my job to let that shine. I let them take the lead when it comes to expressing themselves through fashion—even though their style choices make me a little crazy sometimes. Allowing them to show the world who they are and that they’re confident to be that girl is such an easy way to give them power.
GapKids’ partnership with Ellen DeGeneres’ lifestyle brand, ED, is looking to spread this same message of girl empowerment far and wide #GapKidsxED. Their new, limited-edition apparel collection (some of which my girls are wearing above) features fun, bold pieces with inspirational messages that encourage girls to follow their passions, express themselves, and be proud of what makes them unique. To take that mission of girl empowerment a step further, GapKids is donating $250,000 to Girls Inc and every purchase from the GapKids x ED collection contributes to that goal.
You can join the movement by learning more on the GapKids website and by sharing your inspirational individual stories with the hashtags #heyworld and #GapKidsxED.
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JENNIFER GARRY is a writer and the mom of two girls who talk as much and laugh as loud as she does (just ask her much quieter husband). She writes about that ever-elusive struggle for balance on her personal blog, Cuddles and Chaos. Read all of Jennifer’s posts.