I have been asked by the Girl Talk Magazine to talk about something that is very, very close to my heart…
The aspirations and worries of younger girls, aged 7 and above.
Chatterbox is eight now; which I still find hard to believe…but when I am tucking her in at night, and she talks to me about her day, and her favourite things from the last 24 hours, I can’t help but think how much she is growing up. That worries me; mainly because I am her mum, but also because I know how tough growing up can be for us girls.
The recent survey carried out by Girls Talk, showed that only 20% of girls wanted to be referred to as “clever”, “strong” or “brave,” with the remaining preferring “pretty”, “kind” and “funny.” It is to this backdrop that the magazine have launched their campaign to promote positive female role models and broaden ambitions in young girls. Let’s encourage our kids beyond that 15 minutes of fame that the reality TV generation seems to have bred, and develop aspirations beyond popstars and “it” girls.