As a stay at home mother that has received a BA in psychology from Georgetown College and who is currently on hiatus from pursuing a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, I try my best to pay close attention to how I raise my own daughter in this ever changing world for women.
I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she can do ANYTHING, ANYTHING that she puts her mind to.
I must admit that it is a bit strange for me to tell people that I am a stay at home mother, that I have CHOSEN that for myself and in the same breath try to explain how feminist I am. In fact, I would like to believe that I am so feminist that I see it as a woman's right to stay home to raise her children if she so desires.
I get REALLY aggravated at other feminist women who take it upon themselves to pity me for staying home to raise my children. I feel that some feminist have gone over the edge when they completely dismiss the caring vocation of a mother for her own children. I LOVE being able to care for their simplest of needs while they are still young. Although some days are better than others I truly feel being a mother to these two children is my vocational call at this point in my life.
I want to raise my daughter to value BRAINS over beauty.
I don't want the disney princess to eat her (a reference to a book ).
I want her to be raised to know her true inner value as a human being.
I want her to be strong and confident in her woman hood.
A friend posted a link on facebook to this article about how to talk to little girls. I found it to be a good reminder to bite my tongue when I feel the urge to give Anna more praise for dressing in her little princess dresses than I do when she is sitting under a shade tree reading a book.