This year I am teaching a weekly class for girls at the community centre. It's sort of a manners, makeup, hair how-to and what-not-to-wear type of thing.
As you may have guessed from the title, I have become very disgusted recently with the images that are sent to young girls in the media. Not only as the mother of a young girl, but as a girl myself. So I decided it was time to do something about it.
Sometimes we will talk about makeup, hair and nails. Who doesn't love to talk about makeup, hair and nails? Tonight we are talking about nosy questions, how to leave a message on an answering machine... and of course we will be eating a fantastic imaginary meal with paper plates and plastic cutlery! Before we go home, each girl will write a thank you card.
If anyone has any suggestions about what you wish you'd been told when you were twelve, please let me know.