September 28, 2010

The World I Want For My Daughter


My friend Rebecca blogs at Country-Friend Mama. Recently she attended the Type-A Mom Conference and her sponsor was Joyful Heart Foundation. Today, Country-Fried Mama is hosting a blog carnival and I’m linking up and sharing my post about the world I want for my daughter. If you blog, please join. If you’re one of my wonderful readers, feel free to check out the other bloggers linking up.

The world I want for my daughter is one that knows no hurt or hunger. Where danger isn’t part of every thought. And where love and peace are either a reality or something that will be achieved in her lifetime.

I want a world where she can dream and imagine and experience all the possibilities her mind can hold. A world where music and dance and melodic sounds are for everyone. Where learning and education are not for the privileged but for everyone regardless of race, ethnic origin, color, gender or wealth.

The world I want for my daughter is one I want for all kids – to know love and happiness. To have nourishing food, a warm bed and a family who loves them unconditionally. Fear is not part of her day, neither is anxiety or self-doubt. Where people who do bad things are punished and those children who are brave enough to come forward and disclose their pain are rewarded with love and praise and understanding. That no person should ever, ever, ever know abuse whether physical, emotional, verbal or sexual.

I want a world where my daughter can be what she wants regardless of what others think. I want a world where my daughter doesn’t have to hide her true self so she can fit in or be accepted. A world that believes it’s OK to be different.

There are so many things I want in the world I’d create for my daughter if I can create that world. And while I can’t create a utopia, I can help shape the world she knows. And I can do my best to make that a world of love, hope, wonder and possibilities. To know that anything she wants can be had with hard work and dedication.

What kind of world do you want for your kids?

When Mariska Hargitay started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit over a decade ago, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for the role, opened her eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Mariska founded Joyful Heart in 2004 with the intention of helping survivors heal and reclaim their lives. Today, Joyful Heart’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.

One of the main efforts for the foundation is working to end the alarming backlog of tens of thousands of rape kits in labs across the country, a backlog that contributes to a rapist’s 80 percent chance of getting away with his crime.  The backlog and its detrimental effects will be the topic of an SVU episode on September 29th.

Please help us raise awareness for this important work.  What kind of world do you want for your children? Write your post and link up, or go here to read others who are participating.



Anon September 28, 2010 at 6:14 am

I love Mariska think is your Foundation is a milestone in the fight against sexual violence. It would be great if other celebrities had the humanitarian spirit of this beautiful actress is Mariska Hargitay.

brian September 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

you can…and help share her for the world she will one day walk into…and if enough of us do that…perhaps we can change the world ona larger scale…smiles.

Angie @ Just Like The Number September 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I want the same things for my daughter, and for my son as well. Especially the part where “fear is not part of her day, neither is anxiety or self-doubt.” Imagine what they can do for themselves, and for others, if none of those things were present.

Sara September 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hi Angie, Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment to support this great cause for women. I feel like I want so much, but really, I know that it’s not a lot to ask for in this world where we can truly say the sky is not the limit.

Sara September 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Where learning and education are not for the privileged but for everyone…that is fantastic. And I think the key to any real and lasting change. Really well written.

bluecottonmemory September 29, 2010 at 5:53 am

I’ve had students interview grandparents who didn’t have running water or indoor bathrooms, grandparents where an education was a luxury – and going to college just wasn’t even on the dream-radar. My oldest son went to Uganda on a mission trip a few years ago – and a mother’s dream in that war-torn country was an education for her children. That was the only way out. It is sad that today, so many of our children (mine included) do not truly understand the value of what they have. As a parent, I do understand. I think there is a universal hope and dream language for parents – and you just spoke it!!

Sara September 29, 2010 at 7:49 am

Thank you for stopping by my blog and sharing your lovely comment. I’m a firm believer that education is the key for kids to succeed. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and when kids know how to use it for good the world opens up for them.

Thank you for supporting this great cause!

Honey September 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

Hi Sara,

Thank you for writing this post. I have always enjoyed that show. I am really glad to see that Mariska is using her experience on the show to make a positive difference in the world.


Country-Fried Mama September 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

Thank you for your words and your support, Sara! It has been wonderful to see so many people come out and talk about this organization and its mission.

Kate @ Songs Kate Sang September 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Oh Sara. Your words are beautiful as always. You are so very inspirational.

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