My role as a mother doubled when my bundle of joy came out a girl. Not only am I a mom to this sweet child, but I am also her first female role model, her first look at women’s roles in society and her first guide to navigating through this world as a girl.
This is a big responsibility, because let’s face it, I’m not perfect. Thankfully I don’t have to be. Teaching my daughter to learn from her mistakes, gain strength from her accomplishments and pursue her dreams are just a few of the ways that I can guide her to being the best she can be.
I think about my influences growing up as a girl and of course my mom comes to mind. I’m not sure how she did it because I guess I’ve never explicitly asked, but I do know that I turned out to be a confident, well-rounded and independent woman who doesn’t always take no for an answer. And I know I have my mom to thank for this.
With my daughter, I try to show her that women can do anything. She’s seen me take on some nerve-racking feats, like going to the mayor’s office for an interview for a blog post or getting ready for a feature photo shoot. She watches me play soccer every Sunday during the summer and floor hockey in the fall. She knows there are no limits just because we’re girls.
She watches me do my makeup and shares that she wants to be as pretty as me. To this I reply that she is already beautiful and that make up only changes the way you look; it doesn’t make you prettier.
With every choice I make and every action I do, I’m thinking about my daughter and how it translates to her. This is a big job we have; mothers of daughters but with some thought and guidance we can teach our daughters to be all that they can be.
Celebrating and encouraging women is something that has always been close to my heart. It’s not that we’re better than men or that we have more to celebrate, it’s that we’re still working diligently at solidifying the message our sisters of the past worked so hard to send. We are women, hear us roar!
I Can Be The Voice is a new campaign and website that will help Moms with the task of raising their daughters so that they are smarter, stronger, happier, and more fulfilled. Canadian Parenting Coach, Terry Carson will provide perspectives, wisdom, and experiences with visitors who, like us all, want to become better at parenting.
Think girl empowerment, encouragement for young girls to be their own best advocates and helping your daughter to realize the scope of her inner potential. This is what you’ll find at I Can Be The Voice.
Join other moms with daughters share your voice and speak your mind. It’s said that every time you find your own voice, you help a girl find hers. Visit the Barbie I Can Be website to get involved.
I CAN BE™ DAY
Tomorrow (October 27) will be I Can Be Day, where select Canadian schools will get involved by having in-class curriculum encouraging young girls to think and learn about their future career aspirations. Also, some of Canada’s most inspirational women will demonstrate how today’s girls can dream and achieve anything they want to be. What an amazing and fantastic initiative.
Who was your role model or inspiration growing up? How do you encourage your daughter?
Disclosure – I am participating in the Barbie I Can Be campaign by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Mattel Canada. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.