Today, I am reaching out to the Red Room community for some help with a parenting project.
As a single parent I am always challenged for time, money, and rest. It is a lot of work maintaining two children, one a young girl of 11 and the other a 13-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. However, it is by and far the favorite part of my life. I am very lucky to have two really kind, smart and wonderful kids.
While I get boys, I am one and grew up with other families that only had boys, I sometimes struggle at being as full a parent to my daughter as I would like to be. I am not a bad parent, but there are some things that I just don't have experience with. Most recently my daughter came to me and said she needed to feel more connected to our home and that she needed to put her stamp on it. I wholeheartedly agreed and we have started a number of projects to help her do that.
One of them is to start a monthly get together of her girl friends, which I am calling the Girls Social Club (but not to my daughter's friends because she says she would be embarrassed by that). The idea is that once a month they could get together, about six of them, and do an activity or set of activities that is unique and fun and very girly.
Some of the ideas I have are manicure/pedicure night with Mamma Mia! as the movie, going to the mall and seeing who can get the most stuff for the least amount of money, hair dying (temporary), cooking a really interesting meal, and skeet shooting (the last one is my girlfriend's idea because she thinks there needs to be a little feminist reaching out beyond such girly pursuits).
These are well and good, but I'm looking for things that are very unique and that girls around 11 and 12 years old would really get excited by. Any ideas?
Causes James Buchanan Supports
Expanding health care in the US, ending war as a viable tool of foreign policy, and issues related to social justice in general.