Being a role model for your kids

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I think it's really important as a parent that we walk the walk. And if we want our kids to look at the world as a larger community, then we have to bring that home to them and make it real. The hard part is balancing it with listening to them. So while one daughter, I've got two, one daughter she looks at me and she has really taken the battle on; she's very interested in gender issues and very interested in working the developing world. But the other daughter, the younger one, rightly so says, "Mom, stop talking to me about Africa. These are my problems. I know there's issues out there, but listen to me." And she's right; you can't judge what your kids are going through by this wider playing field. Yes, there are children who are suffering, but your daughter might be suffering over a boyfriend or a bad grade, and that's really important too.

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Robin Smalley

Parent with a Purpose & Co-Founder of mothers2mothers

After a successful Emmy Award-winning career as a television producer/director, Robin Smalley co-founded mothers2mothers, a Cape Town-based NGO providing education, empowerment and suppport for pregnant women and new mothers living with HIV/AIDS. m2m reaches these women with a unique approach, by employing and professionalizing lay people living with HIV (Mentor Mothers). As role models in their communities, Mentor Mothers fight stigma as valued members of prenatal care teams that have traditionally been populated by dwindling numbers of overworked and overstressed doctors and nurses. As m2m’s first executive director and current International Director, Robin has guided the organization through a period of extraordinary growth. A tiny grassroots endeavor established in 2001, m2m is now a pivotal part of the Global Plan to eliminate pediatric AIDS by 2015, operating in more than 400 sites in seven African countries and employing nearly 1,000 HIV-positive mothers. m2m has been honored at the White House, is the recipient of the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council Best Practices Award, and the Henry Kravis Leadership Award. Robin is married to architect Jeffrey Smalley and has two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. She continues to maintain membership in the Directors and Writers Guilds of America. 

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