Last week at book club after we finished discussing the book Honolulu (which is good), the conversation morphed to our kids, which with a table full of moms often happens. The topic at hand was how to reinforce positive female traits in our girls with our words. You know, we want them to feel pretty but not just pretty. We want them to feel smart, but also important and strong and kind. One mom referenced The Help‘s character Aibileen’s mantra to little Mae Mobley, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” See, it all comes back to book discussion; we’re a legitimate book club… most of the time.
I went home thinking about how I can encourage Lyla in many different areas. How I can help her reach her fullest potential, but not at a sacrifice of childhood fun. Soon after that, I found these prints on Etsy. I love the collection of them so much.
We can BE lots of different things. As females, it is often called upon us to wear many hats. We do it. Sometimes at varying levels of success. But I think it’s a beautiful thing that we can be and do so much. I don’t want to be defined by one thing. A mom. A wife. A employee. A friend. A sister. A blogger. I love that my life consists of many roles… and within all those nouns, even more adjectives. It rounds me out into a complex and interesting person whose multi-dimensional self is indeed complete in my Creator’s vision of little ole me.
And hopefully, as I model that, my little Lyla will see that there is always room to be smart and curious and nice and happy.