Raising a Daughter to be Smart, Confident and Unique

People I Want to Punch in the Throat,  a blog written by a smart and sassy mother who has taken to blogging with a great amount of blunt brutal honesty, sarcasm and cynicism. She cracks me up and I can totally appreciate the fact that she is not a typical mommy blogger. Today’s post hit me head on as my little girl is soon to be 11, but all of the sudden is acting like a teen. Talking about boys, fashion, asking to wear makeup. Things that I am not quite ready for. We have done all the right things, or so we think. The key is communication. You can never stop talking to your daughter and being ok with open conversations. Expecting the worst when they ask questions, and not avoiding giving an honest answer.

For example, she came home the other day talking about the 8th grader who is pregnant, and that her parents are ok with it. Well…I wasnt sure where to begin with this one. I let her talk about it a bit, and now I know we need to already have “the” conversation. I am not naive, I remember in junior high, there were sexually active kids, it is not a shock really, it is just not something I want to have to address with an 11 year…but know that I must.

This is where the today’s post from People I Want to Punch in the Throat comes in, it is a checklist of Rules to Raising a Daughter. I think I agree wholeheartedly with every single one.

Some of my favorites from her list:
1.  Teach your daughter to never allow herself to be anyone’s property and that you will disown her if she ever wears shorts that claim otherwise.

8.  Teach your daughter to be strong and confident in her abilities and not be afraid of failure.  Teach her that sometimes she will fail, but she can’t let that fear stop her from trying something.
22.  Teach your daughter to be able to laugh at herself and have a sense of humor.  There are so many women I meet that say they have a sense of humor, but they really don’t.
These are just a few, you MUST go check out her blog to read the rest of her list…