It would be easy for me to make blanket statements like “they’ll turn out alright.” The reality is that I’m going to have to work really hard to raise them in a way that they turn out to be self-loving beautiful souls who care for the world and the people in it. I don’t want them worrying about squeezing into a ridiculous pant size and I certainly don’t want them to know the name Kardashian. I don’t want them to have to learn about eating disorders in health class and I never want them to have to take a “don’t get raped” seminar their first week in the dorm.
It’s a scary world for girls and as a mother of three of them, I feel a great deal of responsibility to teach them what I know so they turn out to be amazing human beings who are kind and loyal and smart and well-rounded and every other good thing a mother wants for her offspring. Here are 20 life rules I want to teach my daughters…
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The thought of raising three daughters is usually an empowering one. I get excited and humbled when I think about the gift I’ve been given to raise my girls. I get teary-eyed when I think about raising these sisters. But when I read headlines like “Plus Size (size 10!) Supermodel Makes it into Sports Illustrated” and “Another Campus Rape Ignored,” I just want to cry in a corner. Because the truth is that raising girls is scary as heck.