Earlier this month, women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day. Why wasn’t this around when I was a kid? As a mom of two girls approaching ‘tweenhood, I see how much their attitude is influenced by the role models they choose. When I was growing-up, I found role models in books, Hebrew school, and the occasional made for TV movie. I remember how amazed I was to learn that Esther saved the Jewish people in the Purim story. When reading about Helen Keller, I marveled at the ability of Anne Sullivan, with no prior experience, taught a blind Helen Keller life skills and the ability to read. These women were not afraid to go beyond their comfort zones, stand-up to their beliefs and passion and change their life and the lives of others in the process. No matter how hard I try as a mother, I can’t make my children feel things. However, I can help guide them, encourage them and show them leaders and role models. When children find their own connection, one not forced by their dear mother, they are more empowered.
As much as we take time away from our devices to read, on device and app that I have found a lot of girl influence and power is on Netflix. There are series and episodes that have girl characters embrace their girl power and take charge. In my home, my girls have found girl power characters’ in Violet, played by Malina Weissman in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Violet is the oldest of the Baudelaire children and in each episode uses her ability to invent cool machines her and her siblings escape the evil Count Olaf.
Speaking of admiral women, on March 17th Julie Andrews debuted on Netflix in Julie’s Greenroom. She is just as charming and witty as she was when I first saw her in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. I was inspired by her ability to clean and take care of not so well behaved children with fun with song. The character traits I saw in her helped me to develop empathy and creativity in problem solving. Julie’s Greenroom was brought to life by the Jim Henson Company and is an enriching show that advocates for the arts and the positive impact creativity can have on every child’s life. Special guests include Idina Menzel, Sara Bareilles and Alec Baldwin to name a few. I was not a natural born actor by any means. In fact, some of my very best friends were the leads in every play. Nevertheless, I enrolled in dance, acting, and singing lessons. Even though I wasn’t the star, the involvement in the performances (even if I was in the chorus) taught me a lot about discipline and focus.
Are there shows on Netflix that inspire your children? What are they, let me know! Maye we should start watching them too!
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