Raising a daughter has been an incredible blessing, but sometimes it feels like I’m raising a miniature version of myself. She knows what she likes, and she knows what she wants. She’s not afraid to stick up for herself, or for other people who might need it. She’s brave, outspoken, confident, and she loves to laugh.
There are some parts about raising daughters that are more universal, though. Like the fact that they really, really love to talk. And you understand the fresh hell of having glitter EVERYWHERE. Also, you probably have more than one hair tie on your floor as you read this.
For instance, we want to raise confident women but also survive the process:
And we’d like to maybe get a word in edgewise:
They say women speak 20,000 words a day but I have a 5 yo daughter who gets that shit done by breakfast.
— Joelle Wisler (@jowisler) October 4, 2016
Dad, can I tell a story?
*47 plotless minutes later*
Okay, wrap it up.
*15 minutes later*
*24 minutes later*
— Ricardo 'Rich' Cromwell (@rcromwell4) January 20, 2016
You know that thing where your daughter has been talking for so long that your eyeballs actually start to buzz & then you realize that she's only 3 years old & you're not really sure how you're ever going to make it until she becomes a teenager & stops talking to you altogether?
— Lauren Mullen (@DraggingFeeties) January 17, 2018
We love how much they’re just like us:
5yo and her friend just ended an argument by deciding they would "have a piece of cheese and calm down"
So, yeah, she's mine.
— Mom Psychologist (@mompsychologist) June 14, 2016
And we hate how much they’re just like us:
Toddler: *crying bc it isn't her turn with the princess crown*
Me: Sweetie, you need to share
Husband: Just give her the crown, you're 35
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) February 5, 2017
We want to make sure they’re prepared with appropriate life skills:
I'm preparing my daughter for puberty by teaching her to eat frosting out of the can when she feels sad.
— MyMomologue (@MyMomologue) February 16, 2017
And teach them about balance:
I want my daughter to be kind but I also want her to know that she can throat-punch someone if she needs to.
— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) February 28, 2018
We want to make the most of all our bonding moments together:
My daughter and I just had a really sweet bonding moment. She asked to help me cook dinner, so I held her up and let her press the microwave buttons.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) April 19, 2018
And play together as much as we can:
My daughter is playing "you can't find me, Mommy"… I'm playing "I'm not trying, Suckaaaa".
— Karri-Leigh (@karri_leigh) April 27, 2013
Girls are incredibly smart:
My daughter actually submitted this feedback at school. Not sure if I should ground her or buy her ice cream… pic.twitter.com/4v8Gjb9riv
— Mason Cross (@MasonCrossBooks) May 25, 2017
And they’re advanced:
Can 5-year-olds be teenagers because mine's running around screaming wildly and crying for no reason so it feels like maybe they can?
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) September 4, 2017
5-year-old daughter: Girls get tired earlier than boys.
5-year-old: We use our brains all day.
— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) February 2, 2016
Daughters like to be the boss:
I cut the crust off my daughter's PB&J and I swear to god I heard her whisper that I'm her bitch now.
— The Dad (@thedad) December 29, 2015
They know what they like:
Before having a kid the most important thing to ask yourself is “Am I ready to watch the exact same cartoon on repeat for the next 4 years?”
— rob fee (@robfee) March 3, 2015
Sometimes it’s hard for them to let go of that stuff that they like:
Please don't throw away this teeny tiny bit of garbage! It's so special.
-every little girl ever
— The 21st Century SAHM (@21stcenturysahm) April 7, 2017
They’re also very brave:
My 2yo said she is a grown up. I told her she isn't, that she is a toddler. She replied, "No, I'm a grown up. I'm going to touch knives."
— jess a brambles company (@jessokfine) June 29, 2015
And it’s true that sometimes they can be a little emotional:
In case you're thinking about having a kid, my daughter just threw a tantrum because I wouldn't let her watch me poop.
— Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe) December 31, 2012
But who isn’t?:
Friend: Just be glad that you have a boy. Girls come with so much drama
Me, thinking about how there's no real female comparison to Hitler or Stalin: Yeah, drama is the worst
— Abam (@AdamBroud) April 13, 2018
And they start early:
My child could be teething or she could be transforming into a werewolf and preparing to ransack a village. I'm really not sure.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) March 26, 2018
But it’s all totally worth it:
I just spent an hour making a nice meal for my family, and two kids cried because it wasn't chicken nuggets.
Parenthood is so rewarding.
— Scary Mommy (@ScaryMommy) November 12, 2017
Raising daughters is a unique and amazing experience. I have learned so much about life from my little girl. And I try to encourage her in every way (yes, even with the talking.) Because the world will try to tell her that she’s too bossy or that she laughs too loud. But my hope for her is that she always knows her worth, and continues to fight for what’s right.