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Please note: This is an opinion piece about parenting and raising young women.
Raising daughters in a modern world is a dangerous endeavor. They are so influenced by what society expects of them, that they have a hard time finding who they really are. Sometimes it isn’t until our outer beauty begins to fade, that we truly see how beautiful we are. Parenting boys who respect their female counterparts is a completely different responsibility, but that is a topic for a later time.
Nikola Tesla believed that women would become empowered in the future through the development of wireless technology. He believed that the potential of women’s intellect was repressed by men in society. He envisioned a change in our gender roles, shifting the power from men to women. Gender equality has never been a more controversial topic. There are strong beliefs on both sides of the debate, leaving the future of our daughters uncertain. So how can we make sure that they grow up and become the strong, independent, secure women of the future?
Support Each Other
Our society seems to try to divide us as women. Everything is a competition. We tear each other down to make ourselves look better. Why? Women can be catty and cruel. I remember the bullying in my school and how awful the girls were to each other. It is sad. We should be teaching our girls to stick together, and support each other’s differences, and that we were not made all to be the same. We have unique talents and all women are beautiful. Beauty is subjective and it lies within us all. No matter what part of the world we are from, what economic class, we are all unique and deserve to achieve our dreams. Parenting our girls to create an inclusive community that celebrates each other’s strengths and differences, it vital to creating harmony among tomorrow’s women.
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
The first rule of parenting is to tell our daughters that they are beautiful. However, they have so many amazing qualities. They can be smart, creative, nurturing, empathetic, driven, amazing creatures that have the power to shape our future. We not only give life, but we are the first people our children learn to trust. We must inspire them to make this world a better place.
We tell our girls they are princesses, why? Why would we want our little girls to have to conform to the standards of others? They have the ability to carve their own path and create their own destiny. The life of a princess is set in stone before she is even born. She is groomed for her position. Do you want that life for your daughter? Our daughters should be making the rules, not abiding by archaic ones. Giving our girls a strong sense of self worth will help them live the life they want to live.
Women are so much stronger than they realize. They learn that through hard life lessons. It can take decades for us to feel as strong as we truly are. The heartache and struggle we face makes us push harder. The road would be so much easier if we could trust and love each other. Reassuring our daughters of their strength and being there to lift them up in the most difficult of times will help them grow.
We need to teach them to be great mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives, anything they want to be; teach them to change a tire, how to cook, how to build, and do things on their own. Encourage their ambitions no matter if they aspire to be a stay-at-home mother, a scientist, a doctor, or a writer. We are all valuable members of society whether we choose to stay at home to raise our children, or are more career minded.
As a woman, you should be able to do anything, but not have to do everything. Obviously, as mothers, we should share responsibilities with our spouse and children, but we should teach our daughters how to do it all. Just in case they are ever stuck in a situation where they would feel like a damsel in distress. We don’t want them to feel helpless, but empowered.
Raising a child is the most important job you will ever have. The future of the world lies within them. They get so many ideas from the outside world on what their roles in society are, and what they should be, but you are the very first person to inspire them. You have the power to tell them that no matter what the world says they should be, they have the power to control their own destiny.