Happy International Women's Day!
While I'm not a mom to girls, I still view my role as a boy-mom as important in the fight for women's equality.
As parents it is our responsibility to raise good humans. Not only is it up to us as parents to raise the next generation of strong, confident women, but it's also up to us as parents of boys to raise compassionate boys who believe in the radical notion that women are equal to men (i.e. feminism).
So what does it look like to celebrate International Women's Day as a mother of boys?
Well, it looks a lot like any other day really.
Their mom goes to work, doing something she loves in an effort to make the world a better place. Their caregivers are made up of strong women of all ages and backgrounds -- bright energetic college students, compassionate bilingual preschool teachers, and very fortunately for us, both grandmothers. Each of these women deserve to be celebrated in their own right. And my boys will be better men as a direct result of being cared for by such strong female role-models.
I also read books with my boys that feature female protagonists and celebrate women. A Mighty Girl is a great website featuring a collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Their selection of picture books featuring female characters has some of our favorite books, including Knuffle Bunny, The Most Magnificent Thing, Madeline, Blueberries for Sal, Rosie Revere, Engineer and many many others.
And we'll pay special attention tonight to some pretty badass female role models, from Amelia Earhart to Moana (hey, I'm trying to keep it age appropriate for toddlers here!).
What female role models did you look up to as a child?
So yes, I will be celebrating International Women's Day with my boys and I hope you do too!