Alexis Letter to Friends — June



Every Day is Father’s Day!

I have a wonderful Father’s Day story for you this year!  Since Via E is about healthy and educational play for girls, it seems that my eyes can’t help but glimpse precious girl moments everywhere I go. One Saturday, I arrived with my husband and son to a local school yard where we meet with a running coach who is helping my son compete in one of the toughest football leagues in California.  As we approached the track, I saw a set of pig-tails streaming behind a girl who could not be more than seven years old.   She was running that track as if she was a mini Olympian.  As she came around the track, my eyes found a proud father who was apparently coaching her.  It was priceless to see them together.

photo 3Another week went by and this time as I passed the big shade tree that often sheltered parents during the training sessions my son participates in, there were four little girls talking and giggling under the tree.  I thought to myself…I wish I had some coloring books for them to help keep them busy while they wait for their brothers to finish training.  But much to my surprise all four of them got up and chased each other onto the track.  Joining them were three proud Papas!

On your mark, get set…go!  And they were off!  Brooklyn, Sadie, Regan, and Maya raced around the track.  photo 1Maya and Sadie led the group as they added their footsteps to the kaleidoscope of footprints made with each pass.  I couldn’t help but to participate by secretly cheering each of them around the track.  I finally rose from the camping chair that my husband sat out for me to ensure my comfort during my son’s two hour training session and walked over to the circle of fathers to ask if I could tell their story.  At first I think they thought I was a bit crazy, but after reviewing our blog they agreed to let me share this father’s day story to you.  The best part is that this story keeps writing new adventures every day…you can see the evidence of this when observing the way each girl looks at her 2

Here’s to fathers everywhere and all of their wonderful times being the best dad ever.

Happy Father’s Day!

Real Men Talk Dolls–Turning Dad’s interest upside down

Yes, today’s real men don’t need to prove they are tough; they are comfortable talking about pink bows, giggles and dolls–all the while wishing this time could last forever.

It’s all about daddy’s little girl.  Blog

A magical time…dad absorbed in learning what little girls are all about, while little girls find their knight in shining armor in their dad’s smiles.

A new preoccupation:

How to protect her?

How to stay close?

How to help her find her way?

The answers are simple:
Stay close, daddy. Be careful of what she watches on TV…what video games she plays…what female role models she embraces. Little girl’s hearts are open and full of love. Their imaginations are boundless and they trust…fully. Your little girl will grow up to become what she is surrounded by.

Today’s girl is active.  Get her involved in sports or something you can share together. Choose her dollfriends carefully and make sure doll play reflects what you would want your daughter to emulate. Read her books; tell her how smart she is. Love her mom and give your little girl a secure home.

With you on the watch, you by her side, the world can become her oyster.

Here’s to men who dare to talk dolls.


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