Thank you to CARE for sponsoring this post. One of the things that my parents taught me as a child is that encouragement is important. They encouraged my brothers and I to follow our dreams and desires. So they never really stopped us from trying anything new as long as we could afford it. I knew that I would do the same for my kids. I know I want my kids to never limit themselves. So if they want to try something I try to make sure that they can do it. There are three things that I do to help them along the way:
- I encourage them to try new things. If my kids express interests in something like my son did band a few years ago and my daughter did the dual enrollment program she recently got into. I encourage them to give it a try. If they find out that they don’t like it, it’s okay, and at least we know they tried. Because there is nothing wrong in trying. So far they both love what they are doing.
- I use words of encouragement and positivity. I try to praise my kids. Now sometimes I fail at this because I am thinking of the outcome before they even try it. I am getting better though. Cause again if they don’t try we don’t know what will happen.
- I remind them that they are blessed to have the opportunities that they have. I remind my kids of how truly blessed they are. Many kids do not have the opportunities that they have. Those kids would give anything to be where they are. Even though we don’t have much we have more than others.
This is especially true when it comes to my daughter. Many young girls in other countries do not have the benefit of getting an education. There choices are very limited. They are usually made to stay home with their younger siblings, become child brides, or their parents choose to send their male siblings to school because they feel their education is more important. Also many countries women have to do what they are told by men their fathers, husbands, and even their brothers. So I try to remind her of the freedoms that she has that others don’t.
There are organizations that are trying to change these things. CARE is one of them. CARE’s mission is to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice around the world. They are doing this by helping young women and girls to get freedom, education, and equal rights. Did you know that 1 in 9 young girls are forced into child marriage before they are 15? I didn’t but I know now. I couldn’t imagine that happening to my daughter or I. This is why education nd equal rights are important.
CARE has started a new campaign called Simply Said: In Their Own Words. The Simply Said: In Their Own Words campaign allows people to sign a letter of encouragement and leave a message of their own to support students around the world. Students like Mary. Read her story below:
To be successful I will… try my best to work hard
My biggest challenges… Sometimes I lack school fees
Education inspires me to… To be a hard-working journalist