March Is National HerStory Month: How Are You Celebrating?

Did you know March is dubbed “Herstory Month”? That’s right!

Every day is the right day to celebrate girls and women and we love having a month dedicated to celebrating all of the magnificent women who have come and gone before us, and those who remain strong voices today.

According to the Smithsonian Institution, Women’s history month was intended to amplify women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present, and inspire the future. This helps to ultimately deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to America and the world, showing how far women have advanced, and how we as a country value equality and the contributions of all our citizens.

Looking for some ways to celebrate the herstory of women this month? Here are a few great activities that encourage girls to just have some fun and enjoy being women:

Invite your girlfriends over for a girls night and have a karaoke singalong full of girl-power songs:

  • Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys
  • Rise Up by Andra Day
  • Video by India Arie
  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • Brave by Sara Barielles
  • Fight Song by Rachel Platten
  • Try by Colbie Caillat

Choose quotes from your favorite women poets and paint them, frame them, or otherwise display them so that you can enjoy the powerful words all year-long.

Create your very own vision board. This is a wonderful activity for Moms and daughters as well. You can get some vision board inspiration on Pinterest.

Read the book Simply Be Your Magnificent Self! with your daughter or friends. To make it even more fun… you can and each site examples of how the 9 principles of the book are relevant in your own lives. From the importance of authenticity to creating lasting friendships, and even how to practice self-care are all important parts of celebrating being a woman.

Watch the top 10 most inspiring TED Talks for women. Grab that bag of popcorn and scurry over to the couch and binge-watch these inspiring talks by women who are truly magnificent women!

For more ideas about how you can celebrate HerStory Month in your community, do a simple Google search for events in your area, or create your own! For more great tips for raising strong and magnificent girls, be sure to grab your copy of our book on Amazon.

Miscommunication & How It Affects Us

How often have you wished you had said something different? Wished that you could take it back? Or maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of miscommunication… maybe someone sent you a text that you misinterpreted. This happens a lot as many of you know.

Mothers and daughters that communicate better enjoy spending time together even more.

So how do we teach young girls, women, and society at large to be very concerned about how to communicate better, and avoid the problems that miscommunication can cause?

There are two ways of spreading the light, to be a candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith WHarton

Healthy communication is a major contributor to positive self-esteem and meaningful relationships. Here are some of the benefits of girls feeling like they are being seen and heard:

  • Increases overall self-confidence
  • Enhanced ability to communicate wants and needs
  • More willing to spend time with parents and other adults

Don’t those sound empowering? And if you’re anything like us we think the last one is pretty great as well. Girls and teens who are comfortable communicating are more apt to spend time with their parents because they aren’t afraid to talk freely about their thoughts and feelings.

Good communication also includes the ability to express thoughts and opinions in an honest, healthy and assertive way. Adults can teach girls the power of assertiveness and emphasize that disagreeing with someone is fair and may also lead to healthy debates. Healthy assertiveness and conflict resolution both contribute nicely to the flow of communication.

Here are a few of the tips directly from Simply Be Your Magnificent Self! to encourage communication with your daughters, granddaughters and all children who need empowerment:

  • Make sure you are truly hearing what your child has to say. Good listening is good role modeling.
  • Focus on open-ended questions that encourage more conversation (especially important to enhance parent/teen conversations).
  • Ask about high points and low points of the day. These are ways to engage and really find out what is going on with your teen when they are away from you during the day.

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