Everybody knows that growing up is hard to do. You have to figure out how to have manners, make friends, learn everything they throw at you in school, and these days people expect you to figure out a life plan by the time you are in the 3rd grade. Personally I had a plan – I was going to join the Army and be a Drill Sergeant so people would have to do what ever I told them to (I was the 5th kid out of 9). It wasn’t until I was an adult that I had my first role model. I can tell you growing up would have been easier if I had found some one to look up to. I want my daughter to find people who inspire her to grow into an awesome woman that other girls will look up to.
She is already finding them on her own and I love it. She likes to watch Sophia the First on Disney Jr. because she never gives up, always helps people, and is always happy. Seriously I asked her last week why she loved that show so much and that was her answer. She likes to talk to Police Officers and give them pieces of chocolate, I asked her why and she said “they spend all day helping people, that makes them tired, so they need the chocolate.” Good point, I need chocolate after I spend 10 minutes helping someone. I think my favorite is the way she loves to watch American Ninja Warrior with her Daddy. After they watched the show yesterday I asked her why she liked it so much. She said because they are so cool! They get to run and jump and climb on stuff with their kids (when they show the intro videos for the contestants) and no one ever yells at them! I wanna climb the wall like that lady!” Fair enough, I want to climb the warped wall like Jessie too.
I want her to know that she can do anything she wants, all she has to do is put in the work and dedication. I have started showing her women who rock and telling her what makes them so special. Then I thought it would be a fun thing for you to share with your girls. And now we have the Plucky Polly Awards. I have so many I want to share with you! I have a few who are young girls (still in middle school I think) and women who are making waves just by being themselves.
What does it take to be a Plucky Polly? The woman in question has to show a determined courage in the face of difficulties. Think Amelia Earhart, Jane Austen, Rachel Carson, Kim Rhode, and the list just keeps going. If you have someone you want to nominate for a Plucky Polly Award write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know all about them!
So keep an eye out in August for the first Plucky Polly Award!