The mother/daughter relationship is one of the most critical in the development of a girl. The things you model, the words she hears you speak, the kindness she sees you extend are all teaching her and she carries these into adulthood and how she views herself as a woman and her place in the world.
As the mother of two girls I see how quickly this time flew and when I look back and reflect I also see how the choices I made (and still make) are teaching them lessons about themselves and the world.
Momma make time for your daughter. She needs you and her need for you is not diminished by your unavailability. She will always need you.
Momma make time for your daughter. Knowing she is lovable and worthy of your attention gives her confidence.
Momma make time for your daughter. A healthy and consistent bond with you teaches her that the world is reliable.
Momma make time for your daughter. A girl who is openly loved and accepted for who she is learns to set healthy boundaries for herself because she is not willing to diminish herself for approval. You give her a sense of value, a sense of worthiness. She does not need to rely on people pleasing in order to feel loved.
Momma make time for your daughter. Your love gives her the tools she needs to be a strong, confident, nurturing woman who engages in life and knows how to make healthy attachments.
Momma make time for your daughter. She is a reflection of your love, your patience, your wisdom, your integrity and your self-worth. No matter how you were mothered your daughter needs you to be whole for her. Don't make her carry your burdens. The privilege of motherhood carries a responsibility. It does not mean having all of the answers, but it does mean being conscious and aware of your own shortcomings and being honest and transparent about them.
There will always be time for laundry, for working late, and for watching tv and your daughter is going to grow up whether you pay any attention to her or not. But you greatly impact how she grows.
Your daughter carries within her the capacity for Awesome. She carries within her the capacity for incredible love and incredible joy. And she carries within her the heart of the next generation. Make time for her.
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beautiful artwork by Claudia Trembla