On Raising a Daughter: Be Kind and Brave

While I’m brand new to this raising a daughter thing, I already question if I can pull it off. I feel inept in the following ways:

I’m not one who is eager to play “dress up” with my daughter. Any dresses that she owns were gifts to us. When I’m picking out an outfit, I stay away from pink. Pretty much all of the outfits gifted to us are pink. I like pink but I also love neutral colours and blue on a girl. I hate that if I dress her this way in public people assume that she’s a boy. I also don’t do the headband thing so that doesn’t help her cause.

While I’m not athletic, it would be great if she took after her father. I’d much rather her be practicing baseball with dad than painting her toenails with mom (silly example).

I hate to shop. I’m a “know what I’m getting” and “get in and out asap” type of shopper. I’ve also gave myself a rule when shopping for clothes for her – I can’t buy it unless it’s on-sale!

Despite being the oldest of 4 girls, I don’t feel much like your typical mother to a daughter. I’m surprisingly not as girly as one may expect. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe there’s much more to raising a daughter than dress up and shopping.

I posted the following on facebook yesterday. You must read the attached blog post…it’s incredible. This is how I hope to raise my daughter, whether she be “girly” or not. If I can teach her the following, I will have succeeded as her mother.

I was planning to write a blog post on what I want my daughter to be when she grows up: brave. This post explains my heart so perfectly, there’s no longer any need: http://momastery.com/blog/2015/06/01/simple-hard/

2 thoughts on “On Raising a Daughter: Be Kind and Brave”

  1. Hey there,
    I read your post and the link you added. What a wonderful inspiration and new view on parenting. Thank you for sharing.

    In response to your post I must say that we share similar views on the whole “girl” thing. I do not have children but have been a preschool teacher for the past 6 years and I have to say that I gravitate more towards the boys then girls. I love to run, jump, scream, rough house and just get messy all of which seem to interest boys much more then girls.

    I have found that getting children out of their comfort zone is when you get the most personality out of them. It may take a few mud pies to get your daughter into getting dirty but she will get there especially if your excited about it. 🙂

    Your daughter is going to be internally beautiful and insightful because she has you as her mom. 🙂

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