Recently, my daughter discovered the TV series Toddlers and Tiaras. After watching an episode she was set on competing in beauty pageants. At first I just disregarded her ambition and said, "no." She dropped it for a couple of days, but then she found out about a program called Princess Camp. We looked it up and we read through the web page together. It didn't take long for her to firmly latch on to the idea that she was going to Princess Camp. This time we considered it, but didn't make a solid commitment. After another couple of days she reminded us how badly she wanted to go to Princess Camp and presented a couple of ideas for ways in which she could pay for the program herself. She is a big fan of YouTube and has been pushing to start a YouTube series of her own for nearly a year. As parents this was the first "get out of their way" parenting moment for us. We couldn't be more proud of her. She didn't take no for an answer, instead she came up with a solution and pushed us to make a commitment. We could easily pay for the program ourselves, but we do not want to get in the way of her personal goals. She is just 5 years old, but nonetheless she is full of inspiration. This clip is our first production. It may be rough as a cob, but in just two days we have collected $180 in donations. Her ambition has had two major effects on us so far; it has inspired us to match her enthusiasm and it has reminded us of the goodness of the human network. We would like help spreading her enthusiasm and welcome any assistance you may be able to offer. Truth be told, the world could use a little more innocent ambition.
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