The Importance Of Empowering Our Daughters

When I sit back and reflect on the beautiful young lady that I have watched and nurtured from a tiny baby into whom she is today I am completely in awe of her kind heart, her glorious spirit and her unshakeable enthusiasm for life.  Quite how the past 7 years have flown by at such an alarming speed escapes me.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and this has got me thinking about what is really important for me to teach and impart upon my daughter as she grows into a young lady.

I have mentioned in previous posts about the values that we as parents encourage.  I am sure most families share in this.  We all want our children to be happy little souls, who are kind and considerate to others.  This goes without saying.  But what does it really mean to be a young lady growing up now?

From my observations, the pressures on young women are immense.  We are told that we must ‘have it all’.  That being a career, a family, hobbies & interests, a perfect figure, the wardrobe of a celebrity… the list goes on.  We are constantly barraged with images of those in the public eye, who seemingly do ‘have it all’, without having a true impression of what goes on behind the scenes.  Our daughters, and we as grown women are pressured at every corner, to tick every box.  And has this huge shift in the social standing and expectations placed on women been met with an equality in society?  Well, no, is the simple answer.

After I had Letoya & Ethan, my body hang-ups were exacerbated by the images of those that had bounced back.  Trying to manage the housework whilst caring for a newborn baby, so those that visit, at least, are met with the impression that you are ‘managing’.  Returning to work, you are met with the pressure to be a working mum that performs at work, who supports her family, whilst still being an attentive parent that is in touch with everything in their little one’s world.

The truth is, we can manage it all.  Women are amazing.  We can and do, doing this without question and with love.  The pressures on how we should look and what we should have are like leaves in the wind, they blow away seemingly insignificantly.

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What worries me, is the huge divide between women.  We need to be empowering each other.  Supporting all women to grow and better themselves, regardless of race, background colour or creed.  Having a daughter of mixed heritage, it is impossible to escape the fact that she has and will face discrimination.  I want her to know she is perfect as she is and that everyone is different and it is our differences that make us unique and beautiful

I want my daughter to grow, knowing that she is an amazing creature, capable of doing and achieving anything.  The world is a huge place with more opportunities than can be imagined.  I want to support her, and for her to be supported by other women.  We need to encourage and engage in growing a culture that enables and empowers women.  We need strong role models, showing our daughters what they can do if they set their minds to it.

Lets set the bar high.  Lets work together to spread strong moral values.  Lets be the example of what it means to be an empowered woman.

We are amazing, we just need to believe it.

Much Love,

Lisa xx

 

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43 Comments

    • March 9, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      This is such a great message. Its important to set the bar high for our daughters so that they learn to set the bar high for themselves.

  1. March 8, 2017 / 8:11 am

    This is so so true.I really like the way you treated the topic.Wishing all women a Happy day today.You are really a blessing to mankind.To is to every true good woman out there

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thank you Elliot for your kind comments!

  2. March 8, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Happy International Women’s day to all women out there! a great read!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Sharon!

  3. March 8, 2017 / 8:14 am

    This is such a lovely post.

  4. March 8, 2017 / 8:22 am

    You have a very lovely daughter. This is a beautiful article and I couldn’t agree more. By supporting each other we can conquer everything. 😀

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thank you Joy! That is so true

  5. March 8, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Wonderful post.

  6. March 8, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Amazing post! 😀

  7. March 8, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Yes…my mother always teach me taking my own decision, to be independent to do own job. As a parents, its challenging…. but we should do it..

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Definitely, that is true!

  8. onelazychic
    March 8, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I am a mother with a daughter too. I can relate with this so much. We all want them to grow up feeling empowered and confident to do what she want to achieve in their life.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      That’s exactly it. I want my daughter to feel inspired to lift others and encourage and support others too.

  9. robin masshole mommy
    March 8, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Supporting each other is so important. We need to raise each other up!

  10. March 8, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Love this so much! I have a daughter too and I so don’t want her to go through the struggles I have.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      I have hope for the future generation, but we really need to turn a corner and support each other and raise each other up, without the unhealthy competition.

  11. Sophie Whiffen
    March 8, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day! You certainly are being a wonderful role model to your daughter <3

  12. March 8, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I know today is national women day and I agree we should empower our daughters and help them achieve, just think all children should be taught this.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      You are right, it should be all!

  13. March 8, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Well done! If I ever have a daughter, i would want the same thing for her. Perfect timing for International Women’s Day 🙂

  14. March 8, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    Wonderfully written! If your daughter is like her mama, she’s going to grow up to change the world. 🙂

    • wonderlingblog
      March 8, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      That is such a lovely thing to say, thank you x

  15. March 9, 2017 / 12:55 am

    It is so important that we empower our daughters and teach them to love and support one another in the process. I want my girls to know that they can do absolutely anything!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 7:54 am

      And they can. And we all have a role in making sure that society encourages young women to believe that!

  16. March 9, 2017 / 3:20 am

    I’m a mom raising 3 daughters so it’s very important to me that I act as a good example of an empowered woman that supports and encourages other women…including my daughters. I know they have amazing things to come!

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Wow, you are amazing.. all credit to you! They do, you are right, life is full of opportunity!

  17. March 9, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Nice article. Yes we all want our children to grow up the best they can be. With lots of love and guidance along the way she will grow up to be a wonderful woman.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 7:53 am

      Thank you Cynthia!

  18. March 9, 2017 / 5:33 am

    I love this post, I believe that young women and girls need to be empowered now more than ever. They need to know that they are strong and can do whatever they put their minds to. I believe that young girls need to see us working hard so that they will mimic what we do and work hard as well. I don’t have a daughter, I have a son, but I would definitely push my daughter up the ladder if I had one.

  19. Elizabeth O.
    March 9, 2017 / 8:21 am

    I cannot love this post more. It’s truthful, it’s inspiring and it’s what I would love to hear from another woman. It’s time that we stopped questioning ourselves and just be confident to embrace who we are. This is the kind of mindset that we need to teach our kids.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 8:53 am

      Thank you Elizabeth! You are completely correct we need to be more positive and more embracing of others.. x

  20. March 9, 2017 / 8:24 am

    We’re one gender, we need to work together to make sure that we all make it in this world instead of put each other down. I think it’s important that we teach this to our daughters as well. The world is full of hate as it is, women need to work together to achieve the equality that we’ve been fighting for.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Carol you are correct here, I couldn’t agree more. We need to be promoting unity to move closer to equality. There needs to be a culture of this promoted to the younger generations it is so important with all of the things we are facing in society today x

  21. March 9, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Great post and great message! It is so important to raise strong children, especially strong daughters!

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  22. natalielovesbeauty
    March 9, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Yes to everything you bring up! I definitely understand what you mean when you say we need to be empowering each other instead of creating a divide, because there is strength in unity.

    • wonderlingblog
      March 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Natalie you put it so eloquently x

  23. March 10, 2017 / 6:47 am

    I hear you when you shared that there is an intense pressure for us to have it all. True though, we have the power to achieve it all. Happy International Women’s Day to you!

  24. March 10, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    So much yes to this! It’s got to be so difficult to raise a daughter these days… I know I sound like I’m 100 years old, but times are so very different.

  25. March 11, 2017 / 12:22 am

    This makes me sad that you had to write an article like this. We shouldn’t be living in a society that doesn’t already empower our daughters. Happy International Women’s day! Here’s to a better future.

  26. March 11, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I can relate because like you, I also would like to empower my daughter and encourage her about her abilities and her dreams.

  27. March 12, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    So important for girls to learn young that they can do anything and don’t NEED a man for anything. We’re not delicate little flowers in need of protection.

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