My apologies in advance for the exclusive nature of this post, but today's blog is written specifically for parents of a daugher(s).
I recently saw a back-to-school commercial for big box retailer Target - click below for the link.
Basically, the ad has a set of pre-teen triplets who embody the ideal of freedom, exemplefied in their chosen"Sugar-and-Spice Girl" personas of Sporty Spice, Brainy Spice and Dressy Spice respectively. That got me thinking about my aspirations for my own daughters this school year and prompts me to pose the following question:
"If you could encourage only one overriding trait for your daughter, which would it be?"
I'm grateful that my own daughters are not one-dimensional personality types but are intentionally being raised to be well-rounded.
However, they do have their own self-directed tastes and preferences which are emerging that we're having to nurture as well. This question is specific to daughters since they will grow into women who are still at a competitive disadvantage to men in our society regarding equal pay and equal rights in many respects.
To that end, I've posted the above question as a survey on this home page for parents of girls (the daughters can be any age), which I hope you'll answer - knowing that there is no single right or wrong answer. As of this writing, I don't know which way I'm leaning.