As a little girl, I always felt my mothers love. A momma’s girl from the womb, I was attached at her hip. That’s because her love made me feel protected. Whenever I felt sad, got hurt or even angry, I turned to Mami. She’d listen and still does. She’d embrace me and tell me that everything would be okay. With a kiss and a, “Te quiero, mi hija,” Mami nurtured my worries and my booboos away.
It isn’t that simple anymore. As a 35 year old woman, I can still count on my mother, but I have to fight my own battles. It’s up to me to thrive as a woman. Fortunately, I have a mother who instilled in me a sense of right and wrong, a moral compass, and self-respect. I haven’t always followed Mami’s advice. I have made many mistakes. But her words of wisdom have helped me become the strong woman that I am.
I was curious about what other mothers teach their daughters. I am not a mother yet but I have always wanted to have a little girl. So I scoured the Internet and my social media platforms. In your own words, here is what mothers teach their daughters so they grow up to be strong women.
Promise me you will always be honest with yourself and others. This what I always tell her. Also, I show her makeup and girlie stuff but I don’t put that much emphasis on her looks. No girlie magazines in the house but I do have fitness magazines. – Mary Golucky, Chicago, IL
You are perfect just as you are! Be true to yourself, always! Honesty is best, no matter what! Never let anyone get you down! And as Sheryl Sandburg said: ‘I want every girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills‘. – Inna Shamis Lapin, Malapan, NJ
I am teaching my daughter that she can get up after she falls, that she can follow her dreams and that we will support her. As parents, we ask her to try her best, not to be perfect. And I have also taught her lessons on friendship so she knows that it’s important to surround yourself with friends that support you and value you. – Jeannette Kaplun, Miami, FL
Be confident, be kind and never let what others say or how others choose to treat you affect how you move or what type of person you want to be. Always be yourself and never be afraid to march to your own beat. – Shani Watkins, Brooklyn, NY
Kudos to all these moms and all moms that instill their daughters with love, respect and strength, including you, Mami.
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