"Children are smarter than any of us," said Bill Hicks, the late comedian and satirist. "Know how I know that? I don't know one child with a full time job and children."
But seriously, kids are often wiser than we give them credit for. And sometimes they can find true inspiration in places that may not seem initially obvious. Take the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots, which is now touring throughout the United States. In the Tony Award-winning musical, the owner of an old school shoe factory has to find a fabulously creative way to keep his family's business from going under. So he takes some untraditional steps to save the company. But more than that, as the show's lyrics tell us, the musical is about how to "celebrate yourself triumphantly" and "accept yourself and you'll accept others too." (Cyndi Lauper wrote the show's music and lyrics. The book is by Harvey Fierstein.)
Some people may not automatically think, Kinky Boots -- great family show. But don't be thrown by the title. I asked Daryl Roth, a Kinky Boots producer with Hal Luftig, why the show is wonderful for families. To get the full story, read the interview here at Parade.com.