easy bake oven boyJust as amazing as New Jersey eighth-grader McKenna Pope's ability to get things done is her motivation to do so -- not many teens I know would go to the length that she did to right a wrong her 4-year-old brother brought to light. You see, McKenna's brother exclaimed proudly that he wanted an Easy-Bake Oven from Santa, but thought that only girls played with it, since the commercial only had girls in it. McKenna was rightfully annoyed with the situation and contacted toy-makers Hasbro to see if they could change their marketing to include and encourage boy users.

After over 40,000 people signed her petition, McKenna and her little brother have received their answer from Hasboro.

The venerable toy company invited McKenna and her family up to their headquarters in Rhode Island to view and give their thoughts on a new black and silver Easy-Bake Oven they've had in the works for over 18 months.

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McKenna's reaction? She's thrilled and says the company's doing everything she asked, including putting boys in the ads.

It's hard to decide what's most impressive about this young lady -- her tenacity and her ability to make change, or the selfless and protective love she has for her little brother.

Some siblings, especially young teens, don't, let's say, get along with other members of their family, let alone their pesky kid brothers, but McKenna is a shining example of a sibling relationship gone right. She's not only smart enough to have seen an injustice with the Easy-Bake Oven and to do something about it, but she's genuine and caring enough to fight on behalf of her pre-K brother, who doesn't have a voice.

Her mother must be so proud. It's a beautiful thing when your children show you, and the world, that they've got each other's backs.

The blue and silver Easy-Bake Oven hits shelves this spring.

What's the proudest mom moment you've had?

 


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