N is for Nivea... Why Supporting Our Little Women at Werk is Necessary!!

 Nivea and Kendall. Photo courtesy of @creativesoulphoto

Nivea and Kendall. Photo courtesy of @creativesoulphoto

Support is our duty! WIthout it we are lacking the true essence of giving more of ourselves to those around us. As the Founder and Creative behind Women at Werk, I feel that it is our responsibility to not only amplify the voices of women, but to also elevate our support for our little Women at Werk! Meet Nivea R. Smothers! She is an entrepreneaur and child author. Much like her mother Carline she is smart, down to earth, and wise beyond her years. Did I mention that she is only 8 years old!!

Nivea is the author and creative behind N is for Nivea: Learn the Alphabets with Me! In connecting with her  I learned that she wrote this book at age 6 to teach her then three-year-old sister Kendall the alphabet. Their mother is an avid reader and two time author as well. Nightly she would read bedtime stories to her girls with hopes of encouraging them to love literature. But one night they found a gap. You see their family is of Haitian descent and in scrolling through the channels of the internet were unable to find reading material catered specifically to their culture. Being Haitian American also proved to be challenging as they were unable to identify books to support the girls learning more of their native language... Haitian Creole. Little Miss Nivea would prove to be the apple that doesn't fall too far from the tree.

 Nivea Smothers. Photo courtesy of @creativesoulphoto

Nivea Smothers. Photo courtesy of @creativesoulphoto

During our conversation I was inspired by this young lady's dedication to filling a gap for not only her family, but other brown girls seeking literature that looks more like them. She wrote and bound her first book from her diary and shared it with her mother! Her mother then had the book illustrated and printed for sale! Just like that a kid-preneur was born! N is for Nivea is filled with colorful graphics and highlights so many of Nivea's favorite things! When asked which ones are her most favorite she giggled and said "S... for Sister!" It was very apparent during our conversation that not only does she love her sister, but she also loves her "mommy" as she says. As a bonus the book shares the Haitian Creole alphabet of which Nivea and her sister Kendall are learning. Mom's motto is "expressing beauty through language" and I can definitely see the beauty shared in their bond between mommy and her daughters! 

If you're reading this you too understand the significance of your parents believing in you, despite your age or your dreams. As children age out of believing in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy (in a literal sense), parents find ways to encourage their kids differntly and push them to begin believing in themselves. I personally see that there is a constant need for parents to believe in their child and what they are capable of because when a child knows and feels that their parents believe in them, it can inspire them to feel like that they can achieve anything. Life is competitive enough, so we need to help our children remain strong and have belief in who they are. Mrs. Smothers I commend YOU for doing just that!

 Mommy Smothers. Photo courtesy of @yelnatsphotography

Mommy Smothers. Photo courtesy of @yelnatsphotography

Today, I implore our readers to support little Miss Nivea! Grab your copy today! And while you're at it grab one for a friend.  We want to help her reach her sales goal of 150 pre-ordered copies. I've got mine! 

 Illustrations Courtesy of @fuujitakashi

Illustrations Courtesy of @fuujitakashi

 Illustration Courtesy of @fuujitakashi

Illustration Courtesy of @fuujitakashi

Comment below and share a word of encouragement with our little author!!