Intelligence, a big heart and the most fantastic gown (just an added bonus) – the choice is easy! Sophia for Miss Universe!
Clearly with all the body image issues we are having around here we do not watch the Miss Universe pageants or any other pageants for that matter. At least not with the kids. Sophia does not need any more sparkles to ogle, that’s for sure. And she does not need to be confusing gowns and boobs and makeup as essential ingredients for making a real woman – one who represents the world.
When I tell her what a fabulous little girl she is I do tell her that she is a beautiful person both outside and in. I don’t kid myself that looks don’t matter out there but I won’t let that be our focus. She is asking how she looks – but I tell her that is not what is important. I tell her it is what is inside that counts. I will tell her this and try to demonstrate it with every breath I have. It is that important.
Beauty is only skin deep.
She is learning that it is most important to learn as much as she can about the world and the people around her and to be a good friend to those people – both those she knows and those she does not. This is not an easy lesson – but one that will change her life for the better every time she gives of herself.
I want her to have a good education and I will do everything in my power to make sure that she gets one. With knowledge comes power and strength. The power to change the world and the strength to be herself when facing adversity, to include people who others exclude, to show love in the face of hatred and misunderstanding.
I am proud of her little mind already. She has learned about Muscular Dystrophy and what is means to be handicapped and sick as a child while I have been raising money for children suffering from this disease. She has gone house to house with me asking for donations. She has learned that some people give willingly and has questioned me when people have refused. It has been a real learning experience for her. She cried when we talked about these children dying at very young ages. She has a big heart. Service to others will always be a part of her upbringing. I believe it will make her heart larger and her life more fulfilling.
I hope she remembers her childhood as one filled with gifts of love and compassion – both for her and for others less fortunate.
I hope that all of my children can work to better their minds, their communities, our country and maybe someday our world. That would truly be an inspiration and make for some real role models on our planet.
How are you teaching your children to live in our confusing world? How do you incorporate your community and giving to others in your parenting? At what age can kids start getting involved? Do you know any programs that accept little volunteers? I would love to hear your feedback and read anything you have written about giving back with your kids! Let’s all encourage each other to raise intelligent and generous men and women. That will really change our universe.
Just so you know, I do not take any issue with beautiful women and hey – there are days when I would love to have those Miss Universe looks. I am in no way judging the women in the competition and I am sure that many of them are not only beautiful but intelligent and warm hearted. It’s just sometimes hard to see that on T.V. while being judged in a swimsuit. The whole pageant thing just is not for me.