Yes we can!

[ 4 ] January 20, 2009 |

 SuperfriendsMany children love superheroes, whether it is the notion that they can do anything or that the cape will give them superpowers. When they role-play the character, they believe they are invincible, giving them confidence to overcome all and save the day! Cathy Saunders wrote in her article, Just Imagine…, how children can be real heroes. They have a great capacity to imagine a world better than it is, and consequently they are able to make things happen. A good reminder for kids and adults that we don’t need the cape after all.

We inaugurate Barrack Obama as the first African American president of the United States today, January 20, 2009. He is a new American hero and a symbol and a role model for our kids (and us) that we can overcome obstacles by believing we have the power to make things change, we treat others with respect, and we work as a team.

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The inauguration comes right after we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther’s King Jr’s birthday–another man who believed that together we could move mountains. Teach your children about heroes by talking to them about these inspiring men and their dreams of peace and equality.

My boys are seven, and Obama may be their president until they are fifteen–they will grow up with the Obama children. I hope all of our children continue to have real heroes and positive role models that inspire them to dream big and that they will always believe they too have the power to overcome anything.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Find ways to celebrate Inauguration Day with your kids here:

  2. Steve says:

    So what’s it like to be President? Kids can check out this game from Scholastic to get a sense of all the responsibilities of being the “manager of the country”.

    Take “The 7 Hat Challenge!” Step into the shoes of a President.

  3. Steve says:

    MLK’s dream has started to come true, not for everyone, but at least for a majority…
    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ” (complete version of MLK speach:

  4. George says:

    Kids should check out the LA Times story about Lego land building the Inauguration event: Photos are really great.

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