*This post was sponsored by Halestorm as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own*
I remember the overwhelming excitement that I felt over four years ago when I was told that the little life growing inside of me was a girl. The excitement was so real that I could taste it. I pictured my daughter in frilly dresses with giant matching bows, and envisioned my life as a girl mom. Having grown up with two amazing female role models, my mother and my step mother, I knew that I would easily be able to take on my new journey into motherhood. That being said, being a girl mom isn’t all flowers and frills. It is my job as a mother to raise empowered daughters, and that isn’t a job which I take lightly.
Raising Empowered Daughters
I count myself among the lucky ones, as I can boast that I have two strong mothers to look up to. My biological mother is a saint. She is a strong and independent woman who taught me what it means to be strong myself. Looking back on my childhood I can now appreciate all that she did for me, and all that she continues to do. I also had my step-mother growing up. She is a wonderful woman, who loved me no differently than she loves her own flesh and blood daughters. These women raised empowered daughters. They taught me to never give up on myself, pushed me to excel, and picked me up when I fell down. My mothers are my rock, and are still their to guide me through raising my own daughter.
Becoming A Mother
As the mother to a young daughter, I have found it extremely important to teach her to be strong at a young age. While we may butt heads, she is my perfect little clone, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is my light and my sun. This little girl has brought so much joy into the world, and I can only do my best to raise her right. I want her to know she is strong, and she can do anything that she so desires.
At two years old, my daughter got to witness me graduating with my Bachelor’s degree. While she may not remember it, I hope it helps her see that just even though things may be hard, she can always follow her dreams. I have now finished my Master’s degree, and my daughter has seen me spend endless nights studying and writing papers. She knows mommy works hard, and that she can do it too.
One wonderful example of a woman who has achieved her dream, and believes in the importance of raising empowered daughter is singer Lzzy Hale from the band Halestorm. She had her parents supporting her dream to be a rock star, and she accredits them with her being able to achieve the level of success that she has seen. This GRAMMY® Award-winning hard rock band has recently released their new video for the single “Dear Daughter“, which can be seen below.
The first time I listened to this song, I could feel the emotions behind it. It encompasses everything that I want my own daughter to know. I have always loved Halestorm, but I think I have a new appreciation now. The words of this song are those that every child needs to hear from their parents. Especially today, it is important for our daughters to know that though they may fall, they are strong enough to get back up and keep fighting. Lzzy Hale is an inspiration for girls of all ages who want to achieve their dreams, even in a male dominated area.
Whether young our old, we all want to hear that we are loved, we are strong, and we are good enough. All of us want someone in our corner, and most of the time that person is going to be mom.
As mothers, it is our duty to raise empowered daughters. We need to guide them with love, and lead by example. Everyone will parent differently, and that is wonderful. No matter how we parent, we all want the same thing. Happy, healthy and successful children. We are not perfect, and we will fail. I fail at least once a day, but I keep going . All I can do is try to be the best mother I can be. It won’t always be easy raising these empowered daughters, but they are our future and they deserve the world. These girls can change the world, if they just set their mind to it. They are beautiful, they are strong, they are smart, and they need to know that about themselves. We need to let them fail, but be there to help them get back up.
The Mother Daughter Bond
As I mentioned earlier, I have two women who I consider amazing mothers. They raised me to be a strong independent woman. Because of that, we have an everlasting bond that no one can shatter. This is the bond that I want to create with my own daughter. I want her to know that though we may butt heads and disagree, she can always count on me. She will always be my little girl, but one day she will grow up and be a woman. I pray that the lessons I try to teach her, and the words I speak to her are enough. She should always know she is beautiful, strong, and smart. As a mother I will always be there for her in any capacity that I can be, the same way mine are there for me. I am still navigating the waters of motherhood, and I have two wonderful women to help me do that. One day, I hope to do the same with my little princess. The bond between mother and daughter is strong, but requires strength and nurturing in order to flourish.
A Special Giveaway
This is a special giveaway that is being put on where you can win one of ten (10) Halestorm Merchandise Prize Packages. Feel free to enter below. It will be open until May 16th.
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How do you plan to help raise empowered daughters? For me it is all about being there, but still allowing her to fail and learn on her own. I want her to know that she is a force to be reckoned with. So this Mother’s Day, lets celebrate the strong women in our lives. Those who sacrificed so much to raise us and taught us how to raise the next generation. This year, let us remember, “though she be but little, she is fierce!”