KaBoom! Playgrounds for Everyone

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Lily here and we just wanted to give a shout out to a great cause and spread the word about the KaBoom Movement – and nope it has nothing to do with fireworks.  It’s a movement to make sure that kids have access to safe playgrounds – for unstructured, outdoor play.

Now, you might think you’re too old for a playground – but remember how good it used to feel – the ability to run free, swing like crazy and be a loud as you want?  Well, more and more kids today don’t have access to that kind of “unstructured” play – which means that they have to sit inside and watch tv, or if they’re lucky, run around inside all day.

But KaBoom is a movement that works to make safe playgrounds in every neighborhood – whether it’s putting in a a new or fixing up an old one.  They also keep a searchable list of local parks and playgrounds.

Do you know why outdoor play is so good for kids of all ages?  Here are just a few reasons:

  • Kids who play are healthier. Kids who play are less likely to be obese and develop obesity-related health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • Kids who play do better in school. Kids who play develop the cognitive skills that are positively linked to learning and academic performance.
  • Kids who play, play well as adults. Kids who play build their confidence and learn the social skills that help them become happy, well-adjusted adults.

So even though your playground days may be behind you (but c’mon, we dare to see how good getting on the swing feels), you can help other kids by supporting local playgrounds.  Here’s what you can do:

– If you want and with your parent’s permission, you can sign the Kaboom at their website, and help map your local playgrounds: http://kaboom.org/pledge/moms

– Check out the Kaboom site for ways to take action – like writing a letter to the paper, throw a play party, or or organizing a clean up day – Check out all the ideas here: http://kaboom.org/take_action

– Join in PlayDay 2011 – perhaps organize a group of younger siblings or neighboorhood kids to get in on the play – Find out more here: http://kaboom.org/take_action

 

As you know, as GirlMoguls we believe helping out the community is a top priority – (hey you can read all about how we did it our town of Weston here: http://girlmogul.com/Saving-Hannah/) and we think making playgrounds safe, cool and available is a great project for GirlMogul.  Be sure to tell us about your favorite playground  fun in the comments below!

 

Quote of the Day – A New Day

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Hey GirlMoguls, it’s all of us here and we’re kicking off our new quote series.  You see, we totally believe in the power of a good quote to totally make your day.  When someone said it first, it sometimes sums up everything you’ve been thinking way better than you could say it yourself.  While Daisy thinks spouting off quotes can make you sound pretentious, Rose thinks that it shows you’re a literate and intelligent young woman.    What we do agree on is that a good quote can really get you thinking – so, without much more ado, we’re going to start our quote series – we’ll pick a quote and then one of us will write about what it means to us – and you can feel free to agree or disagree, because, that’s the beauty of a quote.

“It’s so quiet in the early morning darkness…Then the sun breaks…Fingers of light on the horizon…I just want to start singing of shout “Glory Hallelujah”

Nora Warren – Sailor….

A New Day – our first theme is about the dawn of a new day.

Hey, it’s Rose here and I picked this quote because it reflects my new ‘tude on living in the country.   Each and every day is special. It may not seem like it, especially if you have a huge test, can’t decide what to wear or feel like you have nothing to do, but in reality, each morning is a new chance for you to shine, to have a great day, to make a difference.  So we’ll be looking at quotes related to beginnings.

As you know, I am a transplanted city gal, and to be honest, I am not sure I ever really noticed the sunrise.  Or the morning.  New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but that’s not really true.  People like to stay up late and sleep in.   Trust me – just try and get brunch on the Upper East Side on a Sunday morning – everyone is just waking up and super grumpy.  Really.   But since I live out here on the farm, with a window that faces the east (where the sun rises), I have a new, um, appreciation for the morning.  And while I have never gotten up and shouted to greet the sun, I do like to sit up in bed and see the morning light push out and up over the tree break at the far end of the field and spread its warmth across the farm.

I like to take a moment, do my yoga breaths and think about the day ahead.  Sometimes I even check my little handy dandy to do list and see what I want to get done that day.  That way I don’t feel like I am going to forget something.  In the quiet morning time, I also think about my good habit for the day.  Like I am going to remember to be polite to my mom, or extra patient with Sam, my brother.

And then I am ready to go off and start the day – and you know if you get up early, you can get a lot more done – sometimes I do a little yoga, sometimes I read – and I am always the first in the shower – so there’s plenty of hot water.  By the time I am ready for school, I feel like I have done half the things on my to do list.  So there you go, welcome sweet dawn.

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If Life Were an Outfit…Win Some Clothes

Your Life as An Outfit
Your Life as An Outfit

Hey GirlMoguls – we have a friend – Katia Raina , formerly of the Soviet Union and now an author and writer living in New Jersey.  As a girl growing up in a distant land (read more about her here), Katia believed in magic mirrors and the power of words.   She loves GirlMoguls of all ages and wanted to give you a shout out to all of you and post a question to you – read on and be sure to add a comment in the in the sections below.  We’ll pick a winner – randomly, and send them a gift card to the Justice….

Hey girl moguls! I wish there were websites like these when I was a tween! But when I was a tween (about twenty years ago), I don’t think there was even such a thing as a website.

Isn’t it funny how in those faraway ages you are learning about in social studies classes, the times used to move so-o slo-o-wly.  If you look at the earliest known civilization – the Sumerians – in the Middle East – or if you look at the Egyptians, how fast did their change happen? I actually looked it up in a book called “Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events.” In 3,500 B.C., the Sumerian writing consisted of about 2,000 hieroglyphs, or characters. A thousand years later – the number of characters used went down to about 550. In Egypt, meanwhile, in the year 4,000 B.C. they played harps and flutes. A thousand years later, they moved on to lyres and double clarinets.

I am not minimizing these people’s amazing progress, just saying everything took longer. Or maybe it just feels this way from the distance of many years?

Anyway, do you go through these changes, the way the world does? Do you find that when you were a little kid, you were always pretty much the same person over the years, but now the changes accelerate? Last year, were you super-shy and unsure, and then, did you become this hurricane, involved in everything, a friend-magnet, a science maniac?

I grew up half the world across from you, in the Soviet Union, a country that’s not even there anymore, at least not as a political entity. I’ve gone through all these changes in school. From introverted, scared-of-everything-and-everyone, I went to what my best friend and I gleefully called “the queen of the class” where suddenly I found myself in the middle of every friendship or intrigue you could imagine (please note, I did keep up with my grades at the same time! J) Then, another year passed, and I found myself on the fringes of  the school’s “cool society” again; spawned by my first love, laughed at by people I thought were my “comrades” . . . only I didn’t care that much . . . by then I was preparing for my move to America!!!

Change through life is natural as the shortening and lengthening of days through the year. It’s like we try on these personas as though they were costumes. The boy-crazy me, the driven me, the athlete me, the planet’s protector me, the book-obsessed me, the girl-mogul me. J Then, when we find the accessories we like, we keep them, and move on to another costume, until we construct an outfit that is uniquely ours.

For example, here is what I’ve got so far. If my life were an outfit, I’d be wearing jeans for the adventurist, jeans because I’m neither a doctor nor a lawyer, but I’d have some frilly little lace things and patches of faux leather stuck all over them. I’d be wearing a turtleneck sweater covered with writings and newsprint. Plus, glasses, for the nerd, the college student and the aspiring teacher that I am. Finally, my leather cap, to remind myself of my Soviet past, and my writing J  And my outfit would be smeared with chocolate and dusted with flour all over. Because, well, I am a mom of two, and I happen to love making desert on Friday nights – if I have time, that is J

How about you, girl-moguls? Now, fast-forward twenty years. What do you hope to be “wearing?

Tell us in the comments below and we’ll randomly pick a winner for a $25 gift card to Justice!

And you can read more about Katia at her blog – http://katiaraina.wordpress.com/