This past weekend has seen countless women, children and men raise their voice in protest in dozens of cities around the world. I do not think I have ever seen anything like "The Women's March" in my lifetime!
These peaceful protests remind us of the power of advocacy and activism. When we see something we feel in our bones to be wrong, we cannot just sit there and let it happen. We need to speak up. We need to do something about it.
I have been inspired by all the families who involved their children in these protests. On my Facebook feed, I have seen pictures of former students now living in the US making signs with their daughters and marching in the streets with thousands of others. What a powerful message it teaches our children.
We can extend the message to encourage our children to stick up for other children in our school yards and playgrounds around the world. Let's teach our children to stick up for a classmate who has been told to "go home" because the come from a different part of the world. Let's teach our children to stand alongside of a child who is bullied because they look different in some way or because they have a different level of ability. Let's teach our children to sit beside the child who is made fun of for having two moms.
Let's encourage our children to bring the activism we have inspired inside of them into their daily lives!
Here are some wonderful books that teach children to be activists: goo.gl/wGsEOf
And, here is my book that helps children to celebrate diversity of all kinds!