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Raising Daughters

My Daughter Can Never Know I Think I'm Fat

Keesha Beckford | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Keesha Beckford

I never want my daughter to know that at any given moment, I see myself as 5-10 pounds shy of my goal weight. And happiness. And I never want her think that a natural part of being a woman is living in a chronic low-grade fever of body dissatisfaction.

Go Ahead and Fail, Baby Girl

Leslie Blanche | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Leslie Blanche

I know that I can never live up to the image of perfection that she has of me right now, so I will enjoy it while it lasts. Truthfully, I don't want her to be just like me. I want her to be better than me. I want her to be HER.

She Is Me

Aidan Donnelley Rowley | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Aidan Donnelley Rowley

I peer down at my own child, snoozing and serene, and have a distinct, crystalline thought. I don't know what kind of mother I will be -- it is still too soon to tell -- but I will never be like that woman across the way.

The Big Lesson About Jealousy I Learned From My Daughter

Doug Zeigler | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Doug Zeigler

Jealousy can be lots of things. It can be a show of how much you love someone and desire to protect them. It can also be a horrid thing where you envelop them instead of trusting them and letting them grow into themselves.

An Open Letter to My Daughter on Her First Date

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 03.28.2014 | Parents
Scott Dannemiller

Someday, Audrey, you'll hear a voice. It might be the voice of your friends. Maybe a shout from a picture in a magazine. Or, Heaven forbid, a comment from your boyfriend. And that voice is going to tell you that you don't have the right clothes, the right makeup or the right face.

It Doesn't Matter What My Daughter Looks Like

Kate Fridkis | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

It's weird to think that I started out like this, too. That we all do. A brilliant jumble of sensors sensing excitedly all at once.

Gender Equality Is a Lie: Little Girls Deserve Better

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

What I hope for my daughter, for your daughter and for all the women in this world is that one day we will have what we are entitled to, which is equal rights.

Raising a Woman

Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

I saw the big orange envelope emerge from the mailbox. She let out a big yell and began to run back to the house and into the kitchen carrying the orange package. I knew this image would become part of so many others in my mind, that not even the passage of time would erase it.

Why I Love the 'F' Word: How Having a Daughter Changed My Language and My Life

Christina Pesoli | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

Avoiding the "F" word wasn't a conscious decision on my part. Rather, I accepted the game that was in place. I sized things up from the standpoint of what I needed to do to succeed. I learned the rules and played as well as I could. That all changed on December 5, 2000.

Experts Say, 'Don't Tell Your Daughter She's Pretty!' I Say, Why Not?

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I often tell my daughter that she's beautiful because, to me, she is. But she's also a passionate, though slightly bloodthirsty, storyteller (there've been a slew of beheadings in her tales of late), a fierce soccer goalie, a voracious reader and a really good friend.

For Daughters, Is Babysitting the First Step on the Mommy Track?

Vincent O'Keefe | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Vincent O'Keefe

By endorsing my daughter's entry into the babysitting business so unconsciously, was I contributing to the cycle of gender discrimination when it comes to childcare and housekeeping?

I Didn't Know I Married A Great Father

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

I had an abstract idea of him as a dad: carrying a mini version of himself on his shoulders, rocking our children to sleep. But we hadn't yet seen that side of each other (or ourselves), hadn't had those layers unpeeled and exposed.

On the Occasion of My Little Girl Turning 1

Paul Fidalgo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Paul Fidalgo

My baby is turning 1. She's a marvel. I have to trust that all those who would impede her will be dazzled, blinded by her strength, character and confidence, rendering them harmless and cowed.

Why Miley Cyrus Scares the Crap Out of Me

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm scared and I'm wondering if I'm doing all that I can to prep my girls for the confusing, overwhelming thrill that comes when you step out of your childhood and into the world. I worry: am I being proactive enough here?

On Being A Proud Dad of Two Geek Girls

John Marcotte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
John Marcotte

My girls have tiaras and gowns in their dress-up box right next to their capes and masks. They have a drawer full of Barbie dolls that live in peaceful coexistence with their action figures. But I think it is important for them to know that looking pretty is not the only option they have in life.

6 Things Only The Parent Of A Teenage Girl Would Understand

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.30.2013 | Fifty

Years ago, when my then 8-year-old daughter was as sweet as sugar and my then 5-year-old son a holy terror, someone wise said to me "It all changes wh...

5 Ways to Empower Your Teen Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.07.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Look, it is no easy job to raise a teen daughter who feels good about herself and is immune from depression, eating disorders and anxiety.

What All Women Need To Know Before Tying The Knot

Jennifer Ball | Posted 11.08.2013 | Divorce
Jennifer Ball

Women like me didn't make an agonizing choice between a high-paying, satisfying career and motherhood. Women like me, we basically went from friends to parenthood. Some of us have degrees, some of us never finished college. Some of us never started.

From Two Lines to 'Blurred Lines'

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.04.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

Things change as you move further from Baby Bjorns and lovies and closer to Top 40 and first loves. You are reminded again that you are making all this stuff up as you go, that there was no formal training in parenting,

#BraveGirlsWant to End Stereotypes, But What They NEED Is YOU

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The past few years have seen a massive groundswell in activism focused on challenging stereotypes and addressing media inequities. The newest venture is the Brave Girls Alliance. The Alliance is determined to raise awareness of both issues and encourage people to use the power of their voices and pocketbooks.

Separation Anxiety

Amanda Magee | Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents
Amanda Magee

The girls have been struggling with a kind of separation anxiety lately. There have been more than five announcements of separations/divorce from couples they know over the last year.

Don't Shhh My Daughter

Shannon Sutherland | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Shannon Sutherland

After two years of crying and hoping her clueless parents could figure out what she wanted, she now has a voice and she wants to use it all the time and very loudly.

Embracing the Disney Princess Craze

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Lynsi Freitag

Walking around the streets of Disney, I found myself in an odd juxtaposition between intoxication with the sparkles, jewels and tiaras on the one hand, and disbelief that I was an active participant in what I had so proudly balked at in my former life. My former life being my life before children.

Stop Calling My Daughter A Princess

Carla Molina | Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents
Carla Molina

I tell them if they like princesses, choose the ones with admirable qualities. Choose the ones that empower them as little girls. None of this putting your life on hold until prince charming comes around.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations for Girls

Lori Day | Posted 09.23.2013 | Parents
Lori Day

Here's the thing about girls, and all children, actually: They see no limits to their potential until adults point them out.