I was recently asked to bring the Be-YOU-tiful YOU project to the young mother's program at the New York Foundling in Staten Island, NY. These magical young ladies and I were discussing what it means to be beautiful and one of the young moms made a negative remark about being a mother.
She didn't feel like being a teenage mom made her beautiful.
Ahhhh, to the contrary my dear. While becoming a mother so young comes with extreme challenges and for obvious reasons is not advocated for, the role of being a mother is nothing short of miraculous. I explained to this budding goddess that therein lies the power of being a woman. Only every single human being on the planet must come through a woman.
She is the bridge between worlds.
And while our young daughters today are being pulled in many different directions, too often we frown upon them - whatever they choose. Be it abstinence, abortion, or the world of a teen mom - there will always be someone making them wrong about their choices.
Perhaps if we empowered these girls with the knowledge that they are a beautiful force of nature, they would be better equipped to navigate life and make decisions best for themselves, not others. Our daughters could then find themselves in the position of living a life they intentionally created, as opposed to living a life they feel has been handed to them or just happened to them due to circumstance.
It is time we start asking ourselves why we spend so much time tearing each other down when we should be lifting each other up.
Let's love our daughters from the beginning and in turn, love yourself in the process. Let's teach them the magic of who they are and not to be ashamed of what it means to be a woman and everything that comes with it.
I'm raising a teenage daughter myself and it's so interesting to me - now that I know my worth - how even the topic of a monthly moon cycle can stir up such embarrassment when in reality this ties in to the ability to not only create life but to house it, nurture it and bring it to light. To be a woman is synonymous with creation. Envision a world where each young girl grows up with this knowing. Do you think the world would be a better place? I know it will. It is.
It is happening and it all begins with YOU.