Friday, January 14, 2011

Raising a girl

This list of proverbs was compiled/written by Harry Harrison and included in Dr. Dobson's book "Bringing up Girls". It takes up a whole chapter of the book, and is aimed toward Dads - of course I was all teary by the end.

But for the sake of time, I'm just sharing my personal favorites:
  • Relish the moments when she toddles up and for no reason at all throws her arms around your neck. Resist the urge to buy her the world.
  • Let her see, by the way you treat your wife, the way a man is supposed to treat a women.
  • Make her a Valentine's Day card - every year.
  • Never, ever, make fun of her.
  • Encourage her to be kind... even to the girl nobody likes.
  • Don't tolerate her temper tantrums. Not now. Not when she's 15. Your home will be more peaceful for this.
  • Take long walks with her. If you listen, she'll eventually tell you everything that's on her mind.
  • Teach her that if she acts stupid to attract boys, she'll attract stupid boys.
  • Drag her to church...every week. She may not share your enthusiasm but after 18 years, the message will have sunk in.
  • Remember you're her definition of a man. If you drink, smoke, take drugs, chances are the men in her life will too.
  • Society is teaching her its values 24/7. You need to be more determined to teach her yours.
  • Remember if her home life is crazy, the rest of her life will be too.
  • Don't miss a recital, concert, play or any other performance of hers. Not now. Not until she graduates.
  • Tell her she is the daughter you always dreamed about.


Trisha said...

Trying to finish my other books so I can start this one when it comes in the mail. :) I'm also going to have to reread BUBoys... it's been a long time.

The Riherds said...

I'm reading Bringing Up Girls right now too! And yes, that chapter definitely made me cry! Loved the snippets you included. Yep, wiping a tear away even now...

Dion said...

I must put this on my reading list! Thanks for sharing this.

Stacy said...

Words of wisdom and truth! I love it!

Amanda said...

Wonderful list! Great job!

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