Raising Girls With Strong Boundaries

Raising Girls With Strong Boundaries

Boundaries are one of the most important things you can model and teach your daughter. Boundaries are vital to healthy relationships and essential to a peaceful life. Setting and maintaining boundaries is a skill, one that we don’t necessarily learn. I certainly did not.  

In fact, if your boundaries were not respected as a child, it can be a challenging concept to grasp. I have found that many women, regardless of circumstance, have a tendency to take on the caregiver role in all aspects of their lives. They put the needs of others first and as a result, their personal needs suffer. The good news is, you can work on boundary building and teach your daughter to do the same.

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How to Empower Your Teen Daughter (and Conquer the Fear of Letting Go)

How to Empower Your Teen Daughter (and Conquer the Fear of Letting Go)

My daughter recently said something that made me stop and think about the unique parenting challenges that come with raising teen girls.

“Mom, you always encourage me to live my best life, yet I feel like when I want to be more independent, you’re the one holding me back!”

My initial response was:

“What? How can this be? I am the biggest champion of your dreams, always reminding you to follow that big, beautiful heart! How can I be the one holding you back?”

But then I stepped out of my ego and took her words to heart. I checked in with myself and I realized that she was right.

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3 strategies for being present with your teen daughter

3 strategies for being present with your teen daughter

As girls transition into teens, they gradually move further away from you.  

And as a parent, this can be a frightening time! You spend all her life giving her the tools to go off on her own someday. But when she takes those first few steps, panic sets in.  

The reality is, you begin the journey of letting her go the moment you drop her off at her first day of school or any place without your supervision. You have to trust that outside influences will be positive and in alignment with who you are and how you are raising her. However, the teen years are traditionally a time of increasing independence.

Allowing her to grow and soar is inevitable. But there is one way to make sure you maintain the connection and bond with her.

And that is the gift of being present.  

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30 Ways, 30 People, 30 Days to Spread Awareness

Lessons For My Daughters is partnering up with DEAP in Love for their 30 Days, 30 People, 30 Ways to spread awareness. DEAP in Love is an organization dedicated to offering support and hope to teens and adults struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide.  Lessons For My Daughters is proudly leading off this fabulous event by creating the Be-YOU-tiful YOU project.  On May 18th we will be reminding local young women that they are forever beautiful by gifting them with mirrors inscribed with positive messages and we encourage you to get involved by doing something similar in your corner of the world and be sure to tell us about it!