Friday Finds

A new thing I’m finding that people do on their blog as of late is post to interesting articles that they’ve stumbled upon over the week in case any of your followers are in the reading mood.

So – since i’m a follower of the trends (on occasion)- I thought i’d join this trend too. So for the first in many posts of “Friday Finds” here is what I found on the internet this week!

Dear Daughter, Here’s Why I Work
Sometimes I feel guilty being at work while someone else is bringing up K by day. Many days she begs me to stay home with her and snuggle, and I do long to but I know that I can’t… this article put it so succinctly – “I work because I love it”, and “I work because this nice house and those gymnastics lessons, and those sneakers you need to have are all made possibly by two incomes”.

Shit Ship My Pants
Absolutely the funniest commercial you will see – especially because its from a “reputable” store!

Do these links even need any further explanation? I try so careful to protect my litte K – and instill in her a healthy body image. I think bringing up girls definitely has its challenges, but one of the most challenging is the damage that can be done to their spirit when the image of their bodies are attacked by either someone, or themselves.

This is one of the reasons I’m most excited for the school that K will be going to next fall! They all have to wear uniforms, which I think takes a part of the equation out for girls being mean to girls. Sure – there are ways around this as my mother pointed out, but we won’t have to dread mornings or the night before determining what she is going to wear for the day so that she can be comfortable – yet fit in. Kids are so tough on each other!

The articles (especially part 1) put a lot of the responsibility on the mother. Where a girl gains her self esteem stems from her mother. I want to be the kind of mom that K can come to at any time, I want to role model for her that she doesn’t have to look like a girl in a magazine or a music video, I want her to be the kind of girl that doesn’t turn to sex at a young age because she is looking for more.

Abolition International
This past week a lot of awareness was brought up by sex trafficking, a modern day form of human slavery.  Interestingly enough – this week and not on purpose I also listened to a podcast from a pastor down in Nashville, TN (The Rescued Rescue) and a lot of his message revolved around sex trafficking, and then in the local news a sex trafficking ring was just busted this week! (Thank God!)

If you’ve not clicked on any of the links above – I urge you to watch this clip!
“Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world!” ~ U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
And a new movie just came out in theatres that addresses this:

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