10 Moms on the Things They Hope Their Daughters Understand

10 Moms on the Things They Hope Their Daughters Understand

Through the ups and downs of raising girls, these are the things that matter most.

By Jeanne Sager

When you’re raising kids, you spend a lot of time talking and crossing your fingers, hoping that they’re listening to everything you say. If you’re a mom trying to raise a little girl, it can seem like a lot of that is falling on deaf ears. One study out of Britain estimates mothers and their teenage daughters fight an average of 183 times a year.

On the other hand, three quarters of grown women are happy their mothers raised them the way they did, and 67 percent credit their moms with making them into the women they are today. So what is it moms hope their daughters are learning from them? We asked moms to share the lessons they hope their daughters are taking to heart:

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1. “That being a mom is hard. Really hard. And that young adulthood has little in common with being ‘a grown up.’ Always, always be yourself.” -- Erin B.

2. “That everyone is different and be a beautiful person by being kind, that fat is the real f word, and to call me anytime you are in trouble I'll be there!” -- Erica F.

3. “That she is beautiful no matter what she is told. That she can be or do anything. To never settle and to always be self-sufficient. To never be afraid to be different.” -- Beth D.

4. “I will always have her back. Don't be scared to tell me something because she thinks I will disapprove or be disappointed. I'm her mom and may feel those feelings because I will want to protect her forever. I will never push her away because of a bad decision. We will all make stupid, dangerous, or selfish decisions, but it's our support system that allows us to move forward and learn.” -- Kathy T.

5. “That sometimes girls are mean, and their reasons for being mean have everything to do with them and nothing to do with you. Always choose the high road and I promise that one day the mean girls won't matter anymore.” -- Amy V.

6. “That once you reach a certain age, you forget about why you didn't get along with some people and you realize that it really doesn't matter anyway because we all have our struggles and we're all just trying to survive – and maybe we can just help each other out now.” -- Terri W.


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7. “Being beautiful on the inside is most important. If you have an ugly heart, it doesn't matter how pretty you are.” -- Tara H.

8. “Do not let the words of others define who you are. You can be anything you want to be.” -- Kristy D.

9. “I'd like her to know that I'm a human too. Motherhood doesn't give me special powers or special status. Nothing she thinks or feels or experiences will ever be too out of bounds to share with me, and I will always be there with the utmost love and compassion because I understand what it is to be a woman in this world.” -- Ashley A.

10. “Having a daughter who died at age 20, I wish I could tell her so many things one would be believe in yourself and know you are beautiful on the inside and out and that I love her more then she will ever know.” -- Julia P.

Looking for more inspiration? These stories about empowering girls’ confidence and embracing how to live and play #LIKEAGIRL are perfect for sharing with any girl in your life.

What’s one thing you hope your daughter understands?

Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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