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/