LIFE & STYLE

The Value Of Raising Super Girls

By Michele DeLuca
Niagara Gazette

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Michele DeLuca shares her thoughts on the critical importance of girls learning or rather being taught how to own their power.

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

I have a dear friend who told me once how proud it made him when his little girls jumped obediently at his every command.

I told him that was no way to raise little girls.

Friday is International Women’s Day and it got me to thinking about that conversation and my beliefs about the way we raise girls on this planet.

That day, I explained to my friend that I grew up in a generation of young women who were told they must obey. It didn’t matter who — their parents, their elders, their teachers, their bosses and just about everyone else who issued a command.

It was a dangerous time to be a little girl.

I told him that obedient girls are prey to those with ill intentions.

I don’t have daughters. I have two sons and they bring me tremendous joy. I’m not an expert on raising daughters, but I am an expert on being a daughter. And I like to think that, if I had daughters, I would have raised them much the same way I raised my boys, teaching them first and foremost about their super powers — and about using those powers for good.

We all have super powers — traits and skills that bring excellence into our lives when we use them. One of my hard-won super powers is a strong belief in myself, cobbled over the course of a lifetime shadowed by many mistakes but lit with enough small triumphs to allow me to trust my own judgement.

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