Monday, September 07, 2009
Raising A Daughter
I recently read a quote from my friend, Tracey, on Facebook that accurately sums up my thoughts on raising a daughter:
There are two types of women in the world - pioneers and princesses. Pioneers make their own happiness and princesses look for others to do it for them.
I am simply a happy pioneer who refuses to raise my daughter as a princess.
I couldn't get it out of my head. I thought and thought about it and then finally researched on-line to find out its origin. Dr. Meg Meeker included it in this book:
I found this article, which discusses how our society is going through a crisis of masculinity.....where a father's influence on his daughter is more important than ever to the choices she'll make down the road.
Finally.....I can put it into words......part of this whole "raising a daughter" thing that terrifies me. I worry often about Lainey - simply because she's a girl - feeling the world owes her something. Scared she'll wait for a man to define her happiness.
And, yes, people I know she's not even 2 years old. Doesn't mean I can't get a head start on this stuff.