Raising A Feminist // Ambition

Boshemia regular Elisha shares with us this instalment of Raising A Feminist, on ambition and leading by example.

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As parents, we are always seeking ways which we can raise healthy, kind, and ambitious children. We want to give them the world, but in more realistic terms, we want to give them to tools they need to become well-rounded, successful adults. One of the cornerstones of any educated parent is finding ways to encourage ambition in our children. Ambition is a trait which is seen, by some, as an intrinsic part of each individual personality. This is true to some extent, due to genetic makeup. However, one can find that through a little extra awareness and research ambition is a trait that can, in fact, be nurtured in our children and affected by their environment. We can do this by providing an example to follow with our own level of ambition. Children are little sponges who absorb their environment. They use this information to figure out how to be, how to think, and how they fit in to the world. When we lead by example, it is our children who benefit.

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On Bras, Bathing Suits, and Basic Human Rights

One of my fondest imaginings of my mother, Susanna, is of her marching down the high street in a pair of clunky Dr. Martin boots and a whimsy floral dress, with her yellow hair wild down her back. Another story I’ve been told is how she once dyed her hair one-half red, one-half green when she was around fifteen. As I discovered my independent sense of style during my teenage years, I was inspired on a foundation level by my mother’s don’t-give-a-damn attitude. I chose not to give a damn either, and despite the natural self-consciousness of being a young person, especially having crushes and relationships, I wore things that made me feel the happiest I could be in my own body and communicated exactly who I felt I was. I didn’t listen to pressure and actually looked like the odd one out a lot of the time.

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Raising A Feminist || The Importance of Identity

Our talented guest writer Elisha returns with her second instalment of Raising a Feminist.

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We are all searching for the reason why we’re here. In some way or another, we’re all embarking on a journey that comes in the form of self-expression, personal development, accomplishment, fulfillment; success and purpose, whatever it may mean to you. The ways in which we try to fill the blanks between “I was born,” and “I was born, because…” are innumerable. Our journeys are all personal and vary greatly based on the individual, but something that I think gets lost is the divide between us as individuals and our children as individuals because being a parent is such an all-consuming job. We live and breathe for them which is, in so many ways, the most beautiful gift we give to them every day. With that said, something that we must remember is that our children each have their own identity and personage. If this is nurtured and encouraged, the product is Independent Children: children who are more inclined to be confident, self-sufficient, self-motivated, make better decisions, and collaborate better with peers.

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