Alexis’ books are called Alex Stories. Alexis likes having two names because they show her feminine side and her sporty side. When Alexis is at formal events or school she goes by the name of Alexis, but when playing with her friends and exploring her friends call her Alex. Alex is a special nickname that only her friends know and use. Do you too have a nickname too? In the picture below you see Alexis and her Storicolor®, storybook Alex picture. They are in front of her home in São Paulo, Brazil. Bring the home to life by coloring it. You can find more pictures to color in the Alex Storicolor book, Ten Acts of Kindness, found at www.Via-E.com.
Print the image below to have some coloring fun!
It is everywhere: sports, music, dance, various clubs, working environments…a box. A set of boundaries that dictates what is allowed to be contributed. A select few elected by another group of select few are the gate keepers to who gains access and what contributions can be made within the box.
As a girl my dreams were boundless and energy unrelenting…the box never fit. As an adult, my goals were merely to use all of my talents to help, build, fix, and achieve…the box never fit.
Raising my four children and watching the box form around them angered me. How can anyone justify limiting young potential? Economist will explain supply and demand principals telling us there are only so many spots for talent and creativity, thus only a select few will rise and the rest will reside in the box of the “normal” distribution.
Enough! There is so much talent, creativity, wonderment and curiosity in each child, each person—we were not created to fit into a box. We need a revolution! A talent revolution. Dare to sing; dare to draw, create, solve, explore…be a visionary. Refuse the box and live unbound and always exploring. There is not a normal because each and every one of us is unique with gifts meant to be shared and developed.
We live in a world of boxes and gate keepers and we do need to teach our children how to navigate this reality, but let us teach them that they can create their own path. Help them to avoid boxes with limits to their growth…find pools of people who believe in the inalienable right for them to be all that they can and should become.
Via E is my kick in the knee to those who build boxes and those gate keepers who dare to say yes to some and no to others. Via E is a platform for every girl to showcase her talents—a place where there are no boxes. In just a few more weeks, we will re-launch the Via E website. Here there are no boxes to be found…just a celebration of her. There are never too many stars in the sky…my dream is to give them space and then sit back with you and watch them shine.
My heart to yours, always…Ellen.
This month I had to think harder to come up with a fun craft for girls. Since summer is approaching, I thought we’d encourage some outdoor fun. This craft can be completed with things you will find around the house. But if you want to make the tennis racquet more authentic, you can cut out the string area and replace it with an open weave material found at a cloth store or other string like material–be creative! Use a clear rubber band to hold it tightly in your dollfriend’s hand or weave the handle between the fingers. Since Alex’s arms rotate at the elbow she can do forehand and backhand strokes! So much fun!