In a short amount of time, life has become pretty crazy as our communities and homes deal with the effects of Covid19, schools are closed for the time being, events are cancelled, we’re all trying our best to flatten the curve, and gosh, toilet paper is a hot commodity.
With all of this comes a lot of uncertainty. As adults we have a lot to contend with right now, not to mention what’s happening with our kids. We have added full time teaching to our already long to do list.
So, any help especially from Temple Grandin is welcomed with open arms.
When we began researching fearless female role-models Temple Grandin was one of the quirkiest science hero’s we had come across. At Girltivity HQ we call Temple, The Empowered Inventor.
Temple Grandin teaches us that we need to focus on what our children can do and not what they can’t. What better time than the present to help our children discover their potential. We are now forced into a new normal where we have time to connect with our children on a level like never before in history.
Temple had to overcome many obstacles in her life. Starting from Autism at a young age. As a teenager she was teased and discriminated against as she wasn’t like all the other girls around her. As an adult she was told she couldn’t do certain things due to her autism and because she was a woman.
She didn’t let people’s opinions about her, stop her.
She believed, “Different does not mean less”
She chose to look at things differently like only she could. The AMES Room is a good example of looking at things differently.
The children in our research team loved the AMES Room. The optical illusion where your mind knows an object is one size, but your eyes are seeing the same image at a different size. Tricky! Sometimes seeing is not believing.
Want to find out more download our free Digital pack at https://girltivity.co.za/girltivity-subscribe-get-a-free-copy/ Experience the magic of science with the AMES Room. Relax with the calm down tube. Make some funny faces and talk about how your kids are feeling at this time. Make a kite after all they say 30 minutes outside makes you a happy chappy.
As much as adults are having a difficult time we have to remember our kids are having a hard time too.
Here are some of Temple’s thoughts on parenting: “It’s so important to get kids into things like band, theater, woodworking, metalworking, robotics, things where there’s a shared interest with other students." Sharing together. Well, not together together but from a distance in our own homes together.
Let’s use this difficult time to find out what your kids really love to do?
As parents we will always empower our little superheroes every step of the way. Let’s make sure our kids know it too!
See a video sent to Girltivity by Kamentha Pillay and her daughter, Nia. They enjoyed chatting about Temple Grandin and had lots of fun with some "STEAMED UP" activities.
Hello! I’m Romona, the founder of the trademark brand, Girltivity. I am a mum of two brilliant little girls. My daughters have made me focus on the importance of empowering and inspiring young girls. Helping kids discover their dreams through creativity and finding their passion has become my life's work.https://girltivity.co.za