My eleven year old son came home from school one day after having participated in a swimming class. Unpacking his stuff, he advised me :
‘Mum, you didn’t even give me a proper towel today. You gave me a….’ I could see him searching for the word he was after, looking for it in the air. ‘You gave me a Footland,’ he finished.
I narrowed my eyes, screwed up my nose, trying to register what it was that he meant. It came to me on a gust of laughter.
‘You mean a ‘bathmat’?’ I asked between giggles. I was picturing these fabulous, almost regal, little Footlands complete with fabulous little wet foots. Obviously, so was he as he joined me in a gale of laughter.
The word he created has joined our family vocab, sitting alongside such golden words as ‘Dookie’ and ‘Nuff Nuff’, both of which have made it into Go Girl! stories (I’ll tell you about them some other time).
I’m so glad he got his mords wixed up.
Jen and I were lucky enough to be involved in the Aussie Bloggers Conference last weekend, and were truly blown away by the organisation, speakers and wonderful women we met.
A big congratulations to Brenda, Veronica, Nicole, Tina and Karen for putting it all together. While we’re still very new on the blog scene, it was an amazing thing to watch people who have real and strong connections meet for the very first time!
We learned so much, and are hoping to have many of the wonderful writers we met guest blog on mygogirl because so many people have so much to offer on the topic of celebrating girls being girls. This site is for you to share, learn and discuss your own Go Girls. The gorgeous things they say and do, the problems you’re helping them work through, the issues facing all young girls today, and more.
And while you’re at it, you shouldn’t forget yourself! I had so many lovely conversations with women at ABC about the fact that not a lot has changed. Girls are still feeling the same things that we felt when we were young, they are just in a different setting!
Sure, there’s plenty of icky stuff that we could dwell on like poor role models and the influence of the media but we could also flip it around and focus on the positives.
And we should also take comfort in something that is often forgotten: it all starts here. They’ll be Go Girls because of us and the example we set.
Please get in contact if you’re interested in joining in the conversation!
We are so excited to be attending the Aussie Bloggers Conference in Sydney this weekend. We’ll be meeting the amazing women behind the mummy blogs we follow, and hopefully get their help creating a blog that celebrates girls. Whether it be reminiscing on what life was like when we were girls (and recognising that emotionally, not a lot has changed!) or sharing beautiful, funny and wonderful things our tween girls are doing now, it’s going to be fun!