10 Things Every Girl Should Learn from Her Mother

mother and daughter

Two of my greatest blessings have been having an amazing single mother raise me and being mommy to my two awesome daughters. I’m so grateful God used me as the vessel to deliver my girls into the world and made me responsible for their upbringing. Although I’ve had parenting challenges along the way, I wouldn’t trade this role for any other in the world.

My mommy title forces me to be a woman and wife of noble character as consistently as possible. It’s critical that I am mindful of my behaviors as well as the words I choose to use. My daughters examine my every move and pattern their behavior after mine. I am teaching them things even when I’m not intentional. The goal for every parent should be to spend more time being intentional. There are life lessons girls are required to learn from both parents, but quite a few should specifically come from her mother. A mother and daughter bond is such a special relationship, there are some very specific things every girl should learn from her mother.

How to to pray, believe and develop a spiritual connection to our heavenly father. I can only imagine how much I would have struggled had I not been introduced to God by my Grandmother and Mother. Being rooted with a solid spiritual foundation guides us through all of life’s ups and downs.

How to love herself. We must remind our girls how to value their bodies by eating right and cleaning properly, as well as how to choose potential mates wisely. They should be reminded often that no matter what the world says, it is a must they love their hair, skin, shade, shape and every inch of their being. Knowing who we are and what we bring, truly prepares us for this world.

How to treat others. We all know life’s golden rule. It’s imperative our daughters live it as well. This lesson won’t always have to be spoken because our children learn how to treat others by watching how we treat people. We must teach them to be kind, honest and always keep their word.

How to show up in a marriage or committed partnership. Another observation our daughters will make is how to build and maintain a love relationship. If they are raised in a home where love and relationships aren’t honored and respected, they will repeat the cycle. Sacrifice, respect and healthy communication are essential to any relationship and need to be taught to our daughters.

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter

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