I love this story! Based on author Monica Brown's own experience as a mismatched Peruvian American of European Jewish and Amerindian heritage, Marisol's attempt to match after being told repeatedly that she doesn't is a failure. And wonderfully so! Because mismatched Marisol is filled with energy, joy and all that makes her uniquely Marisol.
We must teach all of our kiddos - and then support and encourage them - to be as unabashedly themselves just like Marisol.
Ideas for Making it Real
We show our kiddos how to be uniquely themselves by pointing out and celebrating those things which make them distinctive, special. And, hopefully, we practice this everyday with each of our children - even when they are adults!
If you want to really encourage your child to be uniquely himself, take a look at these activity and teacher's guides for ideas - especially the one by author Monica Brown!
The Stories Matter
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