Monthly Archives: June 2013

Big Sister Jeanne & Little Sister Rodrienne’s Lemonade Day Story

Little Sister Rodrienne and Big Sister Jeanne at their Lemonade Stand.

Little Sister Rodrienne and Big Sister Jeanne at their lemonade stand.

Written by, Nikki White

Big Sister Jeanne McDermott of Belmont and Little Sister Rodrienne, 11, of Cambridge sold lemonade on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street as part of Babson College Lemonade Day last month. As a team, they made $87 in sales and won an award for the most energetic and creative. Big Sister Jeanne said they learned a lot of valuable lessons that day about owning a business.

They created a video to share their story about these valuable lessons.

Check out their homemade video on our YouTube channel!

June Big Sister Scene

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 A Simple Solution to the Tough Questions

Written by Erica Brien, Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Being a Big Sister is a chance for women to positively influence and guide young girls through the challenging obstacles and uncertainties of adolescence. When given such a unique opportunity, however, women also face great responsibility.

In the enrollment process, many women ask, “What if my Little Sister has questions I can’t answer?” or “What if I can’t relate to my Little Sister’s experiences?” The truth is, although Little Sisters do ask Big Sisters questions with a multitude of potential responses and share experiences that Big Sisters may not be able to relate to, Big Sisters should not be nervous in anticipation of such a question or conversation. There is a simple solution and response: ask your Little Sister open-ended questions.

In most instances, asking your Little Sister nonrestrictive questions before sharing your own perspective is actually more beneficial for her, as it aids in her healthy development. Through open-ended questions, you offer your Little Sister numerous opportunities:

  • A chance to explore her own ideas, form her own thoughts, expand her personal narrative and determine what she sees as possible solutions to any given situation.
  • Encouragement to look at situations more objectively.
  • Motivation to put herself in someone else’s shoes.
  • Nonrestrictive questions give your Little Sister the opportunity to grow more confident in her own opinions, develop a higher self-esteem, and foster empathy for others.
  • The opportunity to stay connected to her voice and the confidence to believe in it.
  • In the future, this will help your Little Sister develop more authentic relationships, comfortably assert her needs, and allow her to form healthy boundaries within them.

Additionally, you benefit from asking open-ended questions to your Little Sister as well. Through sharing her own views with you, you are offered an inside look into your Little Sister’s life and culture. Your Little Sister may remind you of the thoughts you used to have as a young person, the characteristics of life you used to value, and may even inspire you to make positive changes in your present-day life. An enjoyable aspect of asking your Little Sister open-ended questions is the prospect of listening to an infinite number of potential responses.

So next time your Little Sister asks you a question you can’t answer or shares an experience you can’t relate to, remember that you don’t need to have an answer; your Little Sister already has the right response within herself. With your help, she’ll be better able to find it.

Pay it Forward – Do you have women in your life who would make great Big Sisters?

BS Elly Van Faasen and LS Aniah

Spread the message with the click of a button! If you are not already connected to Big Sister through Facebook please “Like” us or follow us on Twitter. There are a lot of great resources and posts that you can share.

Begin or continue the conversation! Talk with friends, family, and colleagues about the need for more women to inspire a girl in their community. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being present.

Share your story! Write about your experience as a Big Sister, your favorite match activity with your Little Sister, or how you supported a friend to become a Big Sister and send them to Nikki White at nwhite@bigsister.org.

Upcoming Events

Summer PicnicJohn Hancock Presents: Big Sister Association’s Summer Picnic!

Saturday, July 13

10:00am-2:00pm

Camp Harbor View, Quincy, MA

RSVP: Katie Hayden at khayden@bigsister.org or 617.236.8366

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Saturday, June 22

Real Choices Strong Voices is thrilled to announce our new topic, Dream Big!  You Don’t Need a Fairy Godmother; Just a Plan.  This enlightening and engaging workshop will help your Little Sister explore ways to articulate her hopes and dreams and practice strategies to reach a goal.

Please contact Holly Armstrong at harmstrong@bigsister.org to reserve your spot.

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays!

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Blog Post by, Nikki White

One of Big Sister’s major supporters, the Highland Street Foundation, sponsors Free Fun Fridays, a series where locals and tourists alike can visit cultural attractions all around Boston at no cost on Fridays throughout the summer. The calendar of dates and locations is listed below. Follow the Highland Street Foundation  on twitter  @HighlandStreet for updates.

June 28

FREEDOM TRAIL FOUNDATION
MASS MoCA
STONE ZOO
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
HERITAGE MUSEUMS & GARDENS
TANGLEWOOD

July 5

MASS AUDUBON’S BOSTON NATURE CENTER
CAPE COD MUSEUM OF ART
MARTHA’S VINEYARD MUSEUM
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AT HOLYOKE
VOLLEYBALL HALL OF FAME
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

July 12

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
LARZ ANDERSON AUTO MUSEUM
CAPE COD CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
PILGRIM HALL MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS
JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL

July 19

JFK LIBRARY & MUSEUM
REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO
DANFORTH ART
HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
GARDEN IN THE WOODS

July 26

COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
AMERICAN TEXTILE HISTORY MUSEUM
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
AMELIA PARK CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM

August 2

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
FRANKLIN PARK ZOO
ARNOLD ARBORETUM
FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM
WENHAM MUSEUM
THE MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

August 9

BOSTON HARBOR ISLAND ALLIANCE
THE SPORTS MUSEUM
BATTLESHIP COVE
OCEAN EXPLORIUM
THE CAPE COD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM

August 16

THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM
CONCORD MUSEUM
EDWARD GOREY HOUSE
SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS
BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

August 23

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM
FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM
FRUITLANDS MUSEUM
STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE

August 30

PLIMOTH PLANTATION
THE DISCOVERY MUSEUMS
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
ECOTARIUM
NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
THE MOUNT: EDITH WHARTON’S HOME