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  1. I think one challenge many mothers and daughters face is that mothers just kind of think or hope that their daughter will be just like them. I really like how you pointed out that while she is YOURS, and will always be a part of you, she is also her own, unique, wonderful person and you are helping her to celebrate her individuality and let her spread her wings and fly.

    My oldest daughter is going on four, and this past winter I decided to sign her up for swimming lessons. She hated it. I tried sticker charts, pep talks, you name it. But she just did not like it, or at least, wasn’t ready for it yet. After agonizing over it, I finally decided to pull her out of the class. Several months later, I had the bright idea of soccer. I approached her with the idea, and she just stared at me. She tried to like the idea, but she just couldn’t hide it. Strike two.

    Finally, in February, I decided to stop thinking about what I think would be neat for her to do, or be, and just let her pick. Why was it so hard? I have no idea. But now she puts on a pink leotard and red tights every Monday morning and dances her heart away. I am so glad I finally learned!

  2. Yeah I liked that point too Thelma. I also loved the point you made about her being “part of the tribe”. There is so much more to being a girl/women then we realize sometimes. So much support and strength in being part of this tribe.

    And Kristen thanks so much for commenting about your experience with your daughter. Good work on learning the lesson…I’m sure it’s one I’m going to have to learn over and over again.

  3. Yeah, I’m learning that just because your daughter looks alot like you, she is totally different on the inside. It’s been fun though to get to know her and her sister. It makes for a great adventure in life. I love having girls!
    Thanks Thelma for your insight and perspective. Love your Cousin!

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