Tina Fey is amazing. I loved "Bossypants." I think
she's great. But I must confess that, at the end of the day, I am
an even bigger fan of her blonde buddy, Amy Poehler.
At first I thought that I liked Amy better because
we're both Virgos. Tina Fey is a Taurus. She'll never get me
and my neuroses like Amy does.
Or that we're both really short. Amy is 5'2" so
still taller than I am, but closer to my size than a vast majority
of the population.
Then I thought maybe it was because I have a total
girl crush on Leslie Knope, the Midwestern heroine of "Parks &
I finally realized what it was that truly pushed me
over the edge from Team Tina and on to Team Amy: Smart
Girls at the Party.
If you've heard of Smart Girls at the Party, it's
probably easier to understand my Amy Poehler adoration.
If you haven't, you should know that the mission of
Smart Girls at the Party is "to help young women and the young at
heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves. We
change the world by being ourselves, and being ourselves is a
life-long quest." As a mom raising a tween girl in this wacky world
and as a woman working hard to live life in the best, happiest way
possible, how could I not love that?
Smart Girl videos on
YouTube are wide ranging, including Ask Amy in
which Poehler offers advice based on questions submitted by girls,
and interviews women who changed the world by being themselves.
Smart Girls videos are awesome for the many important messages they
Smart is powerful
Smart Girls features female politicians, doctors,
skateboarders and artists. She finds women who defy stereotypes,
who have made an impact on their community and who are simply
fascinating. I'm grateful for the ability to introduce my daughter
to these amazing role models via Amy Poehler's interviews with
Smart is fun
Poehler's interviews are very insightful, but they
also end with a dance party to a theme song with the line "Smart
girls have more fun." I worry that our girls think smart also means
boring. This whole show refutes that.
Smart is nice
Smart Girls also launched Operation
Nice this summer. I love the idea of girls feeling
empowered to embrace and share their voice with the world while
doing good at the same time. I love the message that girls
don't just have to be bossy to get somewhere in the world. It also
seems to recognize the fact that people often feel better about
themselves when they are helping others.
I love sharing the videos with my daughter. They
are so good for her to see. But they are so good for me, too. And
yes, I do watch them alone also. Because they're awesome and
because I'm pretty sure Amy would not think less of me for doing
so. Smart Girls at the Party makes me laugh and makes me
In an interview
with artist Judy Baca, Poehler says, "you can be a
smart girl at any age."
The videos remind me to embrace myself. We talk so
much about helping our daughters love their
bodies, find their passions and manage
stress, but moms need to do all those things,
Thanks for the important reminders and info, Amy.
And I bet your BFF Tina would say the same.
Although she’d like to be taller and have more time to dive into good books, Shannan is awfully happy with her life in the western suburbs, where she moved after a decade of living on the north side of the city. She blogs about parenting a tween at Tween Us on ChicagoNow and at Families in the Loop.
See more of Shannan 's stories here.
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