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Women’s History Month 2010

As a nation, we are approaching that egalitarian ideal when there will be no reason to differentiate milestones and accomplishments by gender.  But even as we get nearer to that time, I kinda like having a time set aside to help women’s history-changing accomplishments break through the media clutter.   Thank God today little girls do not have to go through the same struggles that girls and women before them had to go through. 

I admit, I have an affinity for Women’s History Month which we as Nation celebrate every March.   I like being reminded that women who were just like our moms, sisters, aunts, cousins and daughters braved the establishment and blazed trails so that little girls born in America today can, without a second thought, truly live out their dreams.  !

At NestEntertainment have created DVDs and dramatized audios about amazing women that will inspire you and your children and keep alive the memory of their struggles and accomplishments.   And what a diverse group, from Queen Esther to Hariett Tubman, Helen Keller, Susan B. Anthony, Florence Nightingale, and many others.  I’ve shared with you one of my favorite stories from our Animated Hero Classics series, Marie Curie

My grandmothers and great aunts were trailblazers, attending college, starting and managing businesses and playing sports before any of that was commonplace.  This is a fun photo of my mom with her basketball team in the ’30s (she’s the one standing, on the left) in her dress uniform and all!  In those days, teams had six players on the court, 3 guards and three forwards.

Women's History Month

There are many women, moms, aunts, grandmothers and great aunts whose names and stories we may never hear; but they were nevertheless inspirational and instrumental in the grass roots efforts to change the world for good.  Please share with us stories of the trailblazing women in your life; we’d love to help spread the memory of their achievements!

Kids activities for “snow days”

Twelve inches of SNOW in Dallas/Fort Worth?  Hard to believe but true.   I really wanted to stay home and enjoy the beautiful views like these from my balcony and down our street –

  Snow Day Activitiessnow day activities for kids

but I was able to make it in to the office along with a skelton crew.

Many of our staff were unable to make it in to the office so we weren’t able to activate our fancy phone system!  We were still able to access e-mail and LiveChat requests from offsite locations.  Thanks for understanding!

We asked the moms and dads on our staff what they did with their kids at home since the schools were closed and the roads unsafe  to venture out.  Some used the time to have fun while learning about the Bible with Kids’ Bible Activities and others watched their favorite Veggie Tales DVDs.  

What do you do to keep your kids happy and safe when the weather keeps them indoors?

Valentine’s Day

Call me sentimental but as I mused about Valentine’s Day and true sacrificial love, I pulled out one of my favorite NestLearning Animated Hero Classics DVDs is about one such heroic woman, Marie Curie. She had a devoted husband who loved her and did his best to give her the honor that she deserved, even when it meant risking his standing in the educational, business and intellectual community. 

As I watched the film, I couldn’t help but think how blessed my daughters are to have been born in a different time than she.  Marie was Polish in Russian-occupied Poland in the late 1800s.  She overcame poverty and significant ethnic and gender discrimination to become one of the most influential people of all time.  She is credited with discovering radium and polonium (which she named after her homeland.) Marie Curie was one accomplished lady. 

Marie was the first female recipient of a doctorate, the first female university professor, the first female recipient of the Nobel Prize (in physics) and the first ever to receive two Nobel Prizes (the second in chemistry).  She was loyal to her family and at a young age, postponed her studies in order to fund the education of her older sister. She was left widowed by her husband’s accidental death, yet as a single mother of two daughters, she nevertheless continued to contribute immensely to mankind. 

Her daughters both shared her love of science.  Among other accomplishments, one wrote Marie’s biography, and the other joined Marie in X-Ray research, earning a Nobel Prize in chemistry herself.   Marie chose the greater good, forsaking wealth to give to society the results and benefits of her talents, giftings and hard work.  She was selfless, even sacrificial.  And in the end she died of cancer because of exposure to the very things that she discovered, which ironically now help to fight the disease.  She wrote in her diary:

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

How do you help your children appreciate the struggles, perseverance and accomplishments of the mighty women that cleared the path for those that have followed?

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