I’m proud to donate my time on the campaign for Save the Children, which is proudly supported by Ambassador and fellow mom, Jennifer Garner.
As I sit here typing, my mind wanders upstairs to a little girl who just turned 7 years old.
She’s on the couch devouring yet another book. Not a picture book but a pretty advanced chapter book with hundreds of pages.
She’s an avid reader. There are so many factors I’m sure which helped her become one.
And then my mind wanders again. I think of all those children, children born in the United States, who have little or no access to books.
My heart cries out when I look at the statistics.
65% of young kids in need have little or no access to books. More than two-thirds of poverty-stricken households do not possess a single book developmentally appropriate for a child under five.
To actually see the numbers….heartbreaking.
By age three, children from low-income homes hear on average 30 million fewer words than their peers, putting them 18 months cognitively behind his or her peers when they start school.
I was always taught that “85 percent of brain growth occurs in the first five years of life”. It’s just one of the many reasons I chose to become a stay at home mom after years in the professional world. I wanted to be the one to teach my daughter.
30 Million fewer words!
My parents raised me to believe I could do anything.
It’s not that they ever actually said those words to me, but that their actions told me.
I was allowed to dream…..and dream big.
Back then in the 1970s, I’m sure my parents must have thought I was crazy. I was maybe in 1st grade and already “KNEW” what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I never heard, “Oh, sweetie, you can’t do that. It’s only for boys”. But in reality, at the time, it was.
Whether they were just letting a silly young girl have some fleeting thoughts or whether they really knew what they were doing, I’ll never know.
But no-one, NO-ONE, ever told me I couldn’t.
And guess what? I did!
That silly young girl grew up to be exactly what she told her Mommy and Daddy she wanted to be.
Her dream came true.
My dream came true.
And now I have new dreams, for I have my own silly little girl. And God-willing, her Daddy and I will encourage her both by our actions and with our WORDS.
Yes……words. Because words are powerful.
And to think that many children HEAR 30 million fewer words than my daughter did by age 3…. it’s a travesty.
We need to have this conversation as a country and YOU can help!
Go out and take a photo of either my word “Dream” or an inspiring word of your own to represent the 30 Million Words. Post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the tag #FindtheWords – let’s get this conversation going!
As an extra incentive…….how about a giveaway?
GIVEAWAY: One (1) lucky winner will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
HOW TO ENTER: For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me what was or is a dream you have! Big or Small. That’s it.
EXTRA ENTRIES: You can earn one extra entry for each of the following (leave separate comments for each):
2. Like A Frugal Friend on Facebook
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4. Follow A Frugal Friend on Pinterest
5. Subscribe to A Frugal Friend via email or on Bloglovin
6. Follow A Frugal Friend on Instagram
7. Follow A Frugal Friend on Twitter
8. Follow SavetheChildren on Twitter
9. Tweet the following as is: Enter to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card from @AFrugalFriend and Help @SavetheChildren #FindtheWords http://tinyurl.com/p26oh8o
10. Post a Photo of an inspirational word on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag with #FindtheWords and leave a link in the comments.
(leave as separate comments please for each entry)
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Saturday, August 30th, 2014! Valid for US residents and addresses only. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary to enter. Winner will be randomly selected. Void where prohibited. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.
Congratulations to #74 Cathi