In this story, your child steps into the shoes of six outstanding women who have changed history. She gets to become an astronaut, an activist, a scientist, a mother, and so much more—teaching her that she can be anything and everything she wants to be, just like these real-life women. This book will teach your little girl to take pride in her intelligence, bravery, kindness, and capacity to love.
Giving our Daughters the Tools to Reach for the Stars…and Showing them How to Really Chase their Dreams!
(Artwork from My Name Is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin)
With all the mounting possibilities and opportunities for women, what a wonderful time it is to be a young girl growing up! As mothers and fathers, we'll want to nurture our girls with love and encouragement, give them our time, and make them always feel supported and safe.
Lead the way by being their role model! Be transparent—let them see your strengths and even a few of your weaknesses. They'll most likely learn to follow your example at a young age, so make sure your setting a good one!
In honor of International Women's Day, we'd like to share a few tips to help your daughters grow up with positive self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. So they can, one day, go on to accomplish their biggest goals and make their dreams a reality.
1. Allow her to be curious and persistent—to voice her opinion, knowing that you're listening. In fact, require that she does! Demonstrate to her what it means to be true to herself: strong in her stance and confident in her own skin.
2. Urge her to dream big, play dress up, and be imaginative. Remind her that she can be anything she wants when she grows up: a dentist, a teacher, a scientist, a doctor, an author. Don't sugarcoat any of the work it takes to become one of these figures, of course. You'll still communicate to her that it takes hard work, but explain that this is what makes the experience so rewarding.
3. As she enters school, make sure she is forming meaningful relationships with female figures in school or outside of school. It's important for young women to have mentors outside of their home, too.
4. Help your daughter focus on who she is—defined by her heart, character, abilities, self-worth, those who love her—rather than her physical appearance.
5. Show your daughter how to set and track achievable short term and long term goals. You can show her how to start small and stay grounded in what she chooses to write down, but also make sure she doesn't limit herself. However, it is important that the goals are realistic to her abilities. Be sure to revisit these goals together as often as possible!
Your daughter's self-esteem and development is the most malleable and impressionable in the first three years of her life. Use this stage of her life to really teach her how to value herself, her thoughts, her mind, her heart.
Don't be hard on yourself though! Remember that some girls develop a sense of independence with more ease than others, and this is not a reflection on your parenting. It's never too late to start teaching your daughter self-worth, whether she's two or fifteen.
Every girl needs guidance, YOUR help with discovering her talents and abilities, and your support in the careers, goals, dreams, etc. she chooses to pursue. With your time, patience, and guidance, she will grow up to be an amazing woman!
We encourage you to share scientist Marie Curie's story with your little girl today to inspire her to plan a big future and chase after her dreams! Marie Curie was the first to learn how radiation works and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. This blurb can be found, along with other amazing women who have changed history, in
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My Name is Not Isabella Personalized Book
My Name is Not Isabella takes your child on a journey through time to learn about some of the amazing women who changed history. Your daughter will go on an adventure of discovery—and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women can teach her the importance of being her extraordinary self.
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(Artwork from My Name Is Not Alexander by Jennifer Fosberry and Mike Litwin)
Did you know our presidents were great readers? Thomas Jefferson's personal library was one of the largest. It went through many stages, including the loss of many books to a fire in his childhood home. But, when the Library of Congress burned down in 1814, he had the largest collection of books in America. It was to the Library of Congress that he eventually sold his collection.
Share with your children how powerful it is to collect books or take trips to the library, along with the meaning of passing along favorites to family or friends. Visit the library or organize a bookshelf with your little one in honor of Thomas Jefferson.
President Obama is known for being an avid reader. His alleged favorites even include the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are and the Harry Potter books he used to read to his daughters.
Inspire your children by sharing with them the many great things they can do when they embrace their imagination…and spend time with their nose in a book! Read books with fantastical elements in honor of President Obama.
Though we often associate George Washington with a bowl of cherries, have you ever wondered what his favorite food really was way back in the late 18th century? Our very first president was an ice cream lover! It's good to know that ice cream is a dessert that has stood the test of time.
In celebration of this wonderful insight, scoop out a favorite ice cream flavor with your kids and cuddle up with a good book in honor of George Washington—whose birthday is just around the corner on February 23rd.
Can you guess who the first president was to ride in an automobile? It was President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also the first to travel out of the country (to Panama) during his term.
Cars, planes, and trains are great indeed, but for now, grab your children, open up a book packed with adventure, and travel somewhere magnificent in honor of Teddy Roosevelt!
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"You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right."—Rosa Parks
(Artwork from Jennifer Fosberry's My Name Is Not Isabella)
Today is Rosa Parks' birthday! We felt it was the perfect day to celebrate Rosa Parks as a role model and to share a few insights to help teach the children in your life to be brave. It doesn't matter if you're a teacher, a sibling, a parent, a grandparent—we can all help encourage little ones to become more confident by setting an example. Show your children that you're brave by stepping out of your comfort zone, by confronting fears, and helping them confront theirs. Your brave example will inspire them.
• Teach your children right from wrong. Establish a value system within your family that translates into your children's everyday routine. Make sure you see that your children do their best to live by this value system. Observe how they interact with others and step in if you feel they're not standing up for themselves.
• Communicate with your children. Let them know that you're there to listen. Help them work through issues and problems by talking with them. Remember to ask them about their interactions on a regular basis—at school, with friends, etc. Show them the way by giving them advice on how to deal with issues that come up.
• Challenge your children. Teach them to be fearless! Encourage them to try new things—from foods, to activities, to big, scary roller coasters. Even if they decide they really didn't like that food or activity, praise them for being brave and willing to confront their fears by trying something new and unfamiliar.
Celebrate bravery today by teaching your children how to be confident and why it's honorable to stand up for yourself! Today, we're inspired by Rosa Parks, and also by a little girl named Isabella from My Name Is Not Isabella who is courageous, strong, and proud to be imaginative.