- “A daughter is someone you laugh with, dream with, and love with all your heart.” – Unknown
- “A daughter is just a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.” – Unknown
- “There were times when…I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” – Taylor Swift
- “Mother and daughter never truly part, maybe in distance but never in heart.” – Unknown
- “Someday when the pages of my life end, I know that you will be one of the most beautiful chapters.” – Unknown
- “A mother and a daughter always share a special bond, which is engraved on their hearts.” – Unknown
- “Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother and a daughter.” – Caitlin Houston
- “For all the things my hands have held, the best by far is you.” – Unknown
- “My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along.” – Denise Van Outen
- “In my life, you are the sun that never fades and the moon that never wanes.” – Unknown
10 important phrases parents can use to empower their daughters
Having daughters is such a beautiful combination of gifts and responsibilities. These incredible little women provide us with an opportunity to have the deepest and truest feminine friendship for life, and to gift the world with the next generation of strong, compassionate and driven female souls.
But this takes work—there’s no doubt about it.
Harmony between mothers and daughters and the ability to lead them (and have them listen!) doesn’t just happen. It is a relationship that has to be created and nurtured. Mutual respect can be taught from a young age, empowering both moms and daughters to truly feel like they belong, both in our relationship together and in the world.
Anchoring this sense of belonging for our girls is one of our most important jobs as a parent. Teaching our daughters that they belong in a world that often fills them with oppositional messages can be tough, so empowering them is key.
When looking to build our girls up, commit to empowering them to:
- Develop their voice
- Believe in themselves
- Lean into their desire to feel powerful
- Love themselves
- Trust their gut
- Chase their dreams
- Be firm with their no’s
- Be respectful and persistent in their stand against injustice
- Seek peace in the areas they see a need
- Allow their emotions to guide them
- Trust their heart that vulnerability is good
- Always believe in their innate goodness
- Allow empathy to guide them
- Use their hearts to freely give compassion
- Have confidence that they can create any kind of life they choose
Consider using these phrases with your daughters to empower them to lean into the strength, kindness, vision and power they each hold:
1. “I love you no matter what.”
Take a break from: “Be good today,” or “If you’re good, I’ll give you extra hugs tonight.”
Example: “I want you to know that I love you no matter what. You will always and forever have my unconditional love, no matter what.”
Explained: Unconditional love is at the core of Positive Parenting and means that our love for our kids does not depend on the level of good behavior they have. Rooting our parenting in unconditional love is essential to building strong, confident girls. Trust that your daughters ARE good ALL the time, no matter what mistakes they make, or challenges they face each day.
2. “You are absolutely beautiful, inside and out.”
Take a break from: “You look so pretty in that dress.”
Example: “I love you in that dress AND you are absolutely beautiful inside and out. Your heart is just as pretty as your princess gown!”
Explained: The world will give our girls plenty of messages that their beauty is all about what’s on the outside, so let’s be sure to remind them often how true beauty comes from within. Confidence, kindness, optimism, compassion, kindness—these traits radiate beauty from the heart in the most powerful ways.
3. “You are strong, and you’ve got this! I’m here to support you.”
Take a break from: “I will talk to that girl’s Mom, it’s not okay for her to treat you like that.”
Example: “It sounds like you don’t like the way your classmate is treating you. How will you let her know that you’d like her to be kind to you? You are strong and you’ve got this! I’m here to support you.”
Explained: In order for our girls to feel empowered to solve their own problems, it’s essential that we let them try. Resist the urge to do it for them, rescue them or always give them the answer. Allow them to be stretched so that they can find courage and seek to use that courage in their life. Support them by being by their side, but allow them to use their voice for peaceful conflict resolution and to initiate change.