When I first found out that I was having a girl, I imagined pretty pink dresses and tiny tea parties. But, I never thought about what raising a daughter actually meant. Since I am a girl, I figured I already knew what to expect. What I wasn’t ready for was the little tricks they have up their little sleeves. Here are a few things that I have learned about raising girls:
Raising a Daughter
You will totally buy them things they will never need. It does not take long for your little girl’s closet to become much fuller than your own, including headbands with giant flowers, fluffy tutus and polka dot leggings. These are all things she will probably only wear once. But have fun with it! She will only be this little for a short time.
She may or may not be as girly as you. If you tend to be more of a tomboy, it’s all right for her to like all things pink and glittery. If you are the one that is covered and glitter, but she wants to play with trucks, that’s all right too. There aren’t any rules that says she has to be exactly like you.
Raising a daughter, you quickly realize everything tends to start earlier. Girls always seem to hit the major developmental milestones before similarly aged boys. But they are still kids and need to be treated that way.
If your daughter can find it she will collect it – hair ties, rocks, flower petals, bottle caps, single puzzle pieces. The list could go on for days. You will probably find her collection everywhere. It’s going to happen. I have special bins for all of their collections and it can be overwhelming!
There will be many disagreements about her hair. Your daughter’s hair will be in her eyes because you think she needs a trim. If you want her to wear it up she will want to leave it down. It’s just the way it works. But just like everything, this too shall pass.
These are just a few of the many things you need to keep in mind when raising a daughter. It’s a journey and you will survive. Enjoy all of the little moments because they won’t last long.