I’ve heard a lot parents say that girls are easier to bring up than boys, and others tend to disagree. When it comes to raising kids; boys and girls, gender doesn’t matter but our own personality and expectations may count even more. Fast forward , your boys may have turned out to be loads of fun and on the other hand your little girl is now an adolescent who tells you things like, “ Mom, you are not really wearing that to a meeting, seriously are you? You look like you are going to yoga!”
Bringing up a baby girl is exciting because you get to do a lot of fun things together, like dress up and pedicures. As a parent, you need to make sure you have set the right example to make them ready for the society. You could be celebrating your daughter’s kindergarten enrollment and another mother is reminiscing about her daughter’s first year of college, at the end of the day both of you share something unique, she is seeing a sweet memory and you are staring at a beautiful future.
Your little girl will not stay young forever, a time will come when they will grow up, leave for college and ultimately leave the house for good…I know, it sucks. As your daughter keep growing and with each new milestone she reaches, you need to add to the mental list that you are making of everything that she needs to know.
So, what are the things that you want your daughter to know………….
1. Childhood is a stage, treat it as such. This is where dreams start and where imagination is nurtured. Play with the toys and stuffed animals as much as you want and believe in tooth fairies, Santa Claus as long you can. You will be overwhelmed and excited to try out different things in a hurry, but trust me; there is a lot of time to do it.
2. Caution: One day I will talk to you about some embarrassing stuff that will involve diagrams, weird vocabulary and blushing. When you get older, I will tell you jokes to rhyme with this topic and the jokes will become funny when you turn in your twenties. When you are seated somewhere and you suddenly remember the jokes and start laughing continuously, you will getting weird looks from people around you. Amazingly, you will understand how important that embarrassing talk was.
3. Don’t shy away from asking for help especially from me. Honey, if you don’t ask me for help who else can you ask? Share with me your expectations, joys and fears; don’t carry everything on your shoulders. You will be amazed of how much I can carry and know that there is never anything that you can do that will stop me from loving you. …NOTHING!
4. Those things that you are afraid to try, try them. Give a life a chance to lead you to where it will; have an open mind to change and new ideas.
5. Learn to forgive. You need to forgive because not forgiving makes you ugly on the inside. I am talking about the kind of ugly that twists you and changes your heart forever. Forgive and don’t lose faith in people, but remember that letting go is not the same as giving up and sometimes, it’s the best choice.
6. Brace Yourself. One day the world is going to break you into pieces and you will think you will not be whole again. But trust me, you will heal and be better than before. Don’t let frustrations weigh you down but let your renewal define you.
7. All the fairytale you grew up hearing about? Yes, there are out there, only that it doesn’t look like pink sparkly ball gown and it doesn’t live in a castle. It’s compromise, sacrifice, arguments, respect, tears, laughter and love. Your Prince Charming has mistakes and so do you, princess; you will save each other repeatedly, try magic together and fight the dragons of this world together.
8. Finally, every time you have asked me, “Mother, what do you want me to be when I grow up?” My answer will never change: I want you to be compassionate, respectful and confident; everything else positive will follow.
What other things you want your daughter to know?
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