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It was probably one of the best events I’ve ever attended and I’d thought I’d share some of my highlights, takeaways and tweets.
While I loved catching up with my favorite bloggers, the real highlight was the first panel: State of the World’s Mothers: Tale of Two Cities. During this session with Carolyn Miles and Jennifer Garner, I learned about the many ways Save The Children is giving back and making a difference – not only in other countries but across the United States. I loved hearing Garner speak about her work with Save the Children – her passion and dedication was palpable. What resonated with me the most was when Jennifer Garner said: Your zip code shouldn’t determine your fate. As an autism mom living in The Bronx – the most underserved borough for kids with special needs – I really appreciated that. I have always believed that all children regardless of where they live are entitled to the best education possible.
Jaha Dukureh (FGM Survivor and Founder Safe Hands for Girls) read: A letter to my children for the world I imagine in 2030. It is powerful and poignant. I encourage you to read it – here.
I also loved the Digital Revolution on Parenting panel and hearing the Erika Nicole Kendall – @BGG2WL – take on body image and self esteem.
As a mom who works outside the home, I always feel like I am never doing enough with my son. While I know that many moms – working and stay-at-home – feel the same way, it was nice to hear that I wasn’t alone. I loved the message from Everyday Moments That Build Your Baby’s Brain. It not only reassured parents that yes, we are enough but there’s an app (Daily Vroom) that helps parents turn everyday moments into brain building moments.
The Moms+Power session was fascinating and the number of moms in power versus dads are staggering. As Leith Greenslade so perfectly stated: Motherhood is a penalty and fatherhood is a bonus. At the end of the session, she shared tips on how we can better support women.
I was tweeting and retweeting the entire time. And I initially wanted to share my favorite ones here but I could hardly pick just one. Follow the #GlobalMoms conversation on Twitter.
If you’d like to see my tweets click → HERE.