Regardless of our individual differences, most parents can commonly agree we hope to raise our children to be the best version of themselves. It is important for us to educate, support, and empower our children.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th for over a century, is a day where people around the globe can come together to celebrate the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women – past, present, and future.
Here are six ideas to help celebrate International Women’s Day with your kids:
1. Watch a girl power film
- There are lots of entertaining and engaging movies that feature strong female leads. These characters can be inspiring role models for our children and often embody the characteristics and qualities of true leaders, including bravery, resilience, compassion, persistence, and so much more.
- Movies with strong female leads: Matilda, Brave, Mulan, Tangled, Frozen, Anne of Green Gables, Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Bend It Like Beckham, Moana, Little Women, and Inside Out.
2. Read educational books
- Whether you want to focus on important figures in history or just teach about empowerment with your kids, reading together is a great way to connect over important topics and ideals and stem bigger conversations.
- Here are a few book recommendations that celebrate strong females in history and/or teach about empowerment and leadership:
- You Are Not a Princess (and That’s Ok!) by Mélanie Berliet
- A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen
- Superheroes Are Everywhere by Vice President, Kamala Harris
- FOUND By Flynn has sourced a range of books called Little People, BIG DREAMS. The books are about the lives of outstanding people like designers, artists, and scientists. Each of these individuals went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. Find the link HERE.
3. Celebrate the women in your life
- We are all surrounded by amazing, strong, and supportive women – whether that is your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, or co-worker. Showing your appreciation for these important people in your life can go a long way. There are so many ways to celebrate, from a phone call, a simple hug, a thank you, a card, a piece of art, or just some quality time together. Not only will it make them feel special and appreciated, but it might make your kids feel good, too!
4. Craft together
- Arts and crafts can be a great way to express yourself and have some fun. Find a craft that encourages self-reflection on powerful qualities that your child can strive to embody, provides affirmations for your child, or allows them to explore their future dreams and aspirations. Bonus idea: Share the craft or activity with someone who is important in your life.
5. Cook together
- Cooking and baking are awesome activities to promote many developmental skills for our kids – and it is fun! Some fun ways to recognize and celebrate International Women’s Day with cooking can be by incorporating the color purple, adding affirmations onto your treats, or even look up and create dishes named after famous women such as tetrazzini, margherita pizza, pavlova, or tarte tatin.
6. Talk about it
- Maybe it’s at the dinner table, in the car, or on a walk, cultivating open conversations, providing opportunities for self-reflection and encouraging your kids to ask questions is such a powerful tool in their development. Whether you dive into the history of International Women’s Day or focus more on the qualities that make a leader – leave space for these conversations. Remember, it doesn’t always have to be so serious; ask your kids ‘What are your strengths?’ or ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ or ‘Who is your hero?’ and go from there. You might be surprised at what your kids have to say!
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s all work together to educate our little ones on the importance of women in history – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. All our children have the potential to make a difference in our world!
Hi, I am an occupational therapist at South Shore Therapies. I specialize in pediatirc brain injury and stroke, but love working with all families to help kids reach their optimal potential. Our mission with SST’s social media platform is to empower, educate and inspire families to take on life’s challenges while promoting an optimistic outlook and a brighter future.