your afternoon cup of #inspiration: rules for mothers of daughters

While on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a pin with the caption “rules for mothers of daughters”. I clicked-through and landed on a beautifully written post by Sarah of {‘Diapers & Diasies’}. In it she talks about 25 rules she came up with to live by as a mom to a baby girl. I can’t hardly wait to do #s 1 and 2 with my daughter. Here are excerpts of some of my faves:

Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.

Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.

Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat- let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect- she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the bigger -the better- person.

Mother her. Being a mother—to her—is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother’s love for their children.

Read the full list and learn more about Sarah. She also has a series on raising sons and what to teach your son about women. 😀 a definite must read for women raising boys.

xoG

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