If you have daughters, you know how important it is to teach them about the body God gave them. Maybe you have young daughters like me and haven’t quite made it to the point yet where you have to worry about that whole “puberty” thing. Maybe you have a tween or teen at home who is happy one minute and crying the next. Or maybe you have overcome these obstacles and are a seasoned mom who can just laugh and say “Been there, done that!” Whatever stage you’re at, being a mom is a lifelong job and being a mother of daughters can be quite the roller coaster ride.
The book includes fun quizzes, Q&A sections, scripture verses, and places where girls can write down their prayer requests and journal entries. Each chapter provides information that moms and daughters may not have thought about before such as, “how to find your bra size” and stocking up on supplies for the “big day”. I think it’s a great book for both moms and daughters to read. For moms, it will help to know what kinds of things your daughter is learning about so you can prepare for questions that may be coming your way. For daughters, it’s great because sometimes it is easier to read a book about this stuff, espescially if you feel uncomfortable talking about it at first.
3) On those emotional days, talk about what is making your daughter feel sad. Come up with ways you can nip the blues in the bud. Maybe go on a special Mom or Dad dates, go out for ice cream, or watch a movie together. Whatever it is, make sure she knows you love her and that God does too.
4) Stop calling yourself fat! C’mon, moms, you know we all do this. We stand in front of the mirror examining our body, hair color, or uneven skin tone and complain about how unhappy we are with the way we look. The truth is, our daughters see us do that and will pick up on our bad habit. Your daughter will learn what Lily Robbin’s calls “God Confidence” from you. “You look good when you are good. You look beautiful and you feel beautiful when you are sure of yourself. A lot of people call that self-confidence. It’s really God-confidence.” (The Body Book, pg. 103)
5) Let your daughter be who she is! Let her wear stripes with polka dots, or jeans under her fancy dress with crazy socks. As long as she is dressed modestly, let her find her own style and try not to criticize her choices. She is her own unique self and that doesn’t always mean she will have the same tastes as you do. You can make suggestions, but never get upset when she chooses something different. Your love and support will mean the world to her. Maybe she’s a soccer player and not a ballerina, like you were. Maybe she hates to play with dolls, while you loved it. Encourage her uniqueness and creativity. After all, those are the things that makes her special!