The school where I work has very few girls...7 in the senior high...and I teach a high school sewing class (in addition to my OT duties)...which means...
Denim projects...skull fabric...skateboard fabric...flame fabric and fabric with fake money printed on it. In 3 classes I have ONE GIRL. I beg her to make pink projects so I can see girly things sewn in class.
I have been hoping to do an all-girl sewing class and I just may get my wish.
You have to understand that since we are an alternative school, most of our girls have been unceremoniously moved out of their old schools after, shall we say...some unpleasantness. Our girls can be a bit high maintenance.
Lately, the boys have taken to trying to pit the girls against each other.
So, I was brainstorming with my principal and I asked for an all-girl sewing class this summer as a way of bringing the girls together...a sort of team building exercise. Then, I was thinking that if I co-led the group with a counselor we could write therapy goals from an OT and counseling standpoint and let the girls talk as they work on their projects.
I am getting really excited about the prospect of spending quality time with our girls. It is hard to be a girl these days. The pressure from all directions seems excruciating. They are forced to grow up too fast and so much of their self worth is based upon physical attractiveness to peers.
I want them to know that, as they go through life, there will be times when the company of a good female buddy will save their sanity, will let them know that others have tread their path and survived and thrived.
When I had my 18 week sonogram and knew that one of the babies was likely a girl, I cried happy tears.
Then, a few days later I got scared.
Raising a strong, confident, kind and sunny girl is a huge responsibility. There will be so many outside pressures on my tiny Rory-Pie as she goes out into the world. I want to weave a web of support around her so that no matter what, she never feels alone.
Maybe helping our girls at school will attract some good karma for me to transfer to Rory when she needs it. What would you teach them?
Let's hear it for the girls! Thanks for visiting Hollyhocks!