“How to raise a strong daughter:
If you talk about your body, talk about what your body can do—you know…grow tiny humans, deliver tiny humans, feed tiny humans, lift weights, run, and more.
If you talk about your appearance, be kind—only.
Let your daughter hear you stick up for yourself, never accept disrespect.
Let your daughter see you use the power of words to lift others up, advocate for those who need it, and be the light when the world seems dark.
Let your daughter see you give to others freely—give your time, give your energy, give your talents.
Let your daughter see you reach out your hand to another woman, pulling her up until she’s steady enough to stand on her own.
Let your daughter see you applaud the triumphs of other women, big and small.
Let your daughter see you work hard toward a goal—fail, and try again.
Let your daughter see you take risks—apply for the big job, ask for the promotion, train for the marathon.
Let your daughter see you rest and slow down—read a book in a hammock, walk in the woods, sip coffee in the early hours of the morning, write in a journal.
Let your daughter see you shake your hips and sing off-key.
Let your daughter see you create and make a mess.
Let your daughter see you fight with your spouse—and then practice forgiveness.
Let your daughter see you take time for yourself—because once she sees that you’re worth it, she’ll grow up knowing that she’s worth it, too.”
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