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Raising Daughters

4 Things I Never Say To My Daughters

Zanthe Taylor | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Zanthe Taylor

You are lucky to have that beautiful, whole body. You are lucky in the opportunities you have. Good fortune has been given to you and it's your responsibility to make the most of it.

Life Lessons From My Kids' Everyday Existence

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

As adults, we usually don't give ourselves permission to process and express our emotions. But we really need to -- not necessarily in the middle of Target, but as soon as possible.

My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image And Marriage

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I will educate my daughter as best as I can. I will raise her to be strong, to fight back, to be herself and be proud of who she is. I will raise her to realize how ignorant a 50-ish man with salt-and-pepper hair can be. Who's with me?

I Always Wanted to Be a Princess

MotherWoman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

What does it mean to love pink, to feel that pull towards cuddling and dressing up dolls? Why did I think I had to choose between Jo March and Cindy Brady? Through many discussions with my women friends, I concluded that wanting to be a princess is about wanting to feel valuable and valued for who we are.

Sexy Tween and Teen Halloween Costumes? Let's Talk

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Halloween is almost here and I've had costumes, not candy, on my mind. Lots of parents have been asking me about the appropriateness of sexy costumes for their tween and teen daughters.

16 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

Christine Burke | Posted 10.15.2014 | Parents
Christine Burke

She just turned 9 this week, which means I only have nine more years to get her ready to fight for herself in the real world. Nine more years to make sure she knows how to braise a roast, manage her iCloud storage and distinguish between a jerk and Prince Charming. That's not a lot of time.

Who's Really Sexualizing Our Daughters, Anyway?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

Children are not sexual. Exposed skin is not sexual. Children with exposed skin are not sexual. Children are children.

Ah, The Things We Do For Our Daughters

Michael Cavender | Posted 09.25.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

I love having daughters. It is absolutely awesome. However, I was horrified when I found out I was having not one, but two of them. Over time, all tha...

Show-and-Tell Feminism For Dads of Daughters

Ariel Chesler | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Ariel Chesler

Women are rightly frustrated that it takes reproducing a girl from their own genetic material for many men to be aware of what it's truly like to be female in our society.

32 Feminist Lessons For My Daughter

Maureen Shaw | Posted 11.16.2014 | Parents
Maureen Shaw

Having a period isn't a curse. It makes you uniquely qualified to create and sustain life, if you so choose. Speaking of choice, only you can/should make the choice of if/when you would like to become a parent.

4 Words All Dads Of Daughters Need To Hear

Jeff Bogle | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

There is nothing in your daughter's timeline that you need to fear. Nothing. The only thing worth fearing as the dad of a daughter is not being there to share in her experiences.

10 Things Your Daughter Should Know By The Time She Is 10

Laura Usky | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

There will be challenges she will face that will seem cruel and impossible. It will take her faith, her family and her perseverance to get through some of the things that life throws at her.

10 Unintentional Lessons My Wife And Daughters Taught Me About Life

Michael Cavender | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Michael Cavender

At the beginning, I was worried about having one daughter and now, suddenly, I've been blessed with two beautiful angels.

Lessons on Bathing Suits From a Little Girl in Lycra

Sarah Chang | Posted 09.14.2014 | Parents
Sarah Chang

When I first found out Gemma was a girl, I made a conscious promise to abandon any body image issues -- or at least confine them to my own mind. I certainly didn't want to pass that type of negativity on to my girl. And now, with two daughters, it's a goal that's even more poignant

What My Daughter and I Learn When We Carve Out Mom and Daughter Time

Laura Usky | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

It's scary to be a parent of any child in this day and age. Giving Gigi special time with me, as well the time she spends with her dad, has also been another way to make her feel secure in a world where kids can often be exposed to some pretty scary stuff.

I Win Every Race I Run

Mary E. Graham | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary E. Graham

I win every race I run. I win against the idea that all runners are a size two and should run in sports bras and teeny-tiny running shorts. I win against the negative body image that will one day try to convince my daughters that their bodies aren't beautiful, that they're not skinny enough.

The Dance This Dad Will Never Forget

Tony Posnanski | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

When you get older you will not want to dance with your dad. You will want to dance with other boys. Boys that I will never think are good enough for you.

When Did We Let Princess Become a Bad Word?

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Lisa Abeyta

If I remember correctly, most of those princess stories have the ladies facing down evil, running through forests and climbing towers -- and they manage to do it all in a dress.

16 Things I Want My Daughters To Know Right Now

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

If you love something deeply and want desperately to participate in it, you may need to elbow your way in for a seat at the proverbial table. Elbow away, darling.

The Club All Mothers of Daughters Should Join

Lori Day | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

We knew it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise happy, healthy girls with good self-esteem in our increasingly shallow, beauty-obsessed society. We felt we could do a better job at this together than separately.

My Daughter Can Never Know I Think I'm Fat

Keesha Beckford | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 06.09.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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.