Monday, September 14, 2009

Greetings and Salutations!

Welcome welcome one and all to the inaugural post of Project Faerie Godmother. Hopefully this will be the beginning of something wonderful for all of you, as well as me. Coming soon, weekly ideas on being the best Faerie God Parent you can be.

But first, answering the all encompassing question:

What is Project Faerie Godmother??

12 years ago I became an Aunt for the first time. I knew it would be my job as the resident creative of the family to inspire and nurture the creativity of my Nephew, and to allow them to believe in the unseen. Children are the greatest untapped resource for imagination, and too often it gets left unchecked. I want to make sure that as these children grow up to be adults the don't forget how to dream.

Being a Faerie Godparent isn't about granting wishes and helping girls to find Prince Charming; it is about allowing them to believe in magic and things that we are told as adults are impossible. It is allowing them to make their own stories, to create their own magic and to have their own happily ever afters. Too often people lose sight of this; we get so caught up in the every day dealings of the world we forget to stop and just let our minds wander. And because we as adults deny ourselves that we tend to stifle the imaginations of the children around us.

You do not also need to be female to be a Faerie God Parent. Yes, I call this blog Project Faerie Godmother, but it is just a name. Being a Faerie Godparent is not gender specific. While many children have traditional Godparents to see that they adhere to the religious teachings of their parents faith, it is the job of the Faerie Godparent to make sure that the child has the room to imagine and dream. Hopefully with giving inspiration to children you yourself will become inspired. It is a two way street.

The first step of this is simple: Find a child to become your Faerie Godchild. It can be your own children, a niece or nephew, your neighbors kid. Any child will do. You can take on a multitude of kids if you wish. Do not reveal yourself to the child; the first step is to just find where you want to start.

Next week I will talk about how to introduce the nominated child to your Faerie Godself.

In the meantime, keep dreaming, keep wishing.