It’s often said that mothers and daughters are enemies when they’re younger and then best of friends when they’re older. For most, this is true! Daughters can sometimes be just another hen in the nest which can cause friction, but having daughters, for me, is best thing in the world. The teenage years will never be easy whether with a son or a daughter, but what comes out of it is a fully grown woman that has your voice in her head as someone to listen to.
Daughters look up to their mothers every single day. They want to walk in their shoes, try on their jewelry and they ask their mothers to go with them to get their first piercing. Sure, there’s a difference between mom’s costume jewelry (which my girls take quite often) and sensitive hypoallergenic earrings for small ears, but that bonding experience is like no other. My girls love their accessories and that includes headbands, hair clips, jewels and pretty shoes.
There is no wrong time to add frills to our daughters’ lives and there is definitely no wrong way to do it. We go from popping a full headband with a large flower on their heads to pulling their veils down over their faces on their big day. The days go fast, and before you know it you’ll be watching her accessorize herself with an impeccable taste in shoes.
Of course, encouraging independence does have to happen within reason. You wouldn’t let your thirteen year old daughter Bedazzle her miniskirt and head out for a night on the town. Nope! Encourage your daughters to be strong, smart and beautiful. There is nothing wrong with adding frills to your daughter’s wardrobe and experimenting with different looks for her. It’s fun! It’s fun to sit together and make friendship bracelets, and teach her how to braid, teach her to hold herself up as an opinionated individual with a sense of style to rival anyone!
The day that you give birth to your daughter is a day that you will never forget. A little life in your hands to shape, mould and raise – and one day you will look at that little girl and realize she’s a woman, and that’s all your fault.
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