Everyone says having a daughter is harder than having a son. There’s more stuff to buy for girls: bows, dresses, decor for the nursery, as they get older there’s makeup and shoes and purses, etc.
There’s a lot. It’s true girls are expensive. But girls are also sensitive. Girls are dreamers. Girls are caring. Girls are thoughtful and kind. I’m not saying boys aren’t these things. But in this day and age, it can be daunting to raise a child, to raise a girl with all the social pressures that are present.
So my goals for my daughter include the following:
I want my daughter to be happy.
To be kind to everyone she meets.
To be outgoing. I don’t want her to be afraid of speaking up or saying yes to opportunities. I want her to be surrounded by friends.
To be brave. To stand up for what she believes in even when it’s hard.
I want her to have passion. I want her to have hobbies and dreams that make her excited to go to bed so she can jump out of bed in the morning and work towards accomplishing her dreams. To have things that she loves doing and things she looks forward to with zeal.
To have compassion. Not only for others but also for herself.
I want her to be forgiving. To forgive herself, to forgive others, and to forgive me when I inevitably mess up every now and then.
I want her to be cautious. Not to trust everyone, but to use her judgment and know when people are lying or just saying what they want her to hear.
My goal is for my daughter to love her body. To respect her body. These days body image is such a struggle for so many girls and women. My goal is to teach her how to take care of herself and how to be strong so she can respect who she is and be healthy.
My biggest goal for my daughter is to be happy. To live a life that she is proud of, that we as parents will be proud of, and that God will be proud of. My goal for my sweet girl is to stay sweet and not have this sometimes cruel world turn her cold or apathetic.