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Inviting Your Daughter to Feel

Posted on: March 18, 2010

               As mothers, we should invite our daughters
               to feel whatever feelings and emotions that
               they are feeling without criticizing them for
               feeling what they are feeling.
               After all emotions and feelings are honest
               outcomes of situations and what is going on
               inside of our daughters. Sometimes, our
               daughters may feel left out or rejected by their
               peers and friends. These may be difficult times
               for our daughters.
               The truth is that the language of feelings is a
               vital one for all of us. Just as our physical
               sensations of hot, cold, and pain tell us to put
               on or take off a sweater or to get our hand off
               the stove, so in a much more textually rich way,
               our emotions are constantly giving us flawless
               feedback on what we like, what excites us,
               what we dislike, what we need in our lives,
               how we want to be in the world, and so on.
               Our daughter’s deeply felt expressions of
               love, anger, fear, or  pain are all unique
               expressions of her self, and play a large part
               in shaping her developing feelings of self-worth.
               This is information that she needs to have ready
               access to and be able to understand and interpret
               if she is going to grow into a strong, self-
               confident young woman.
               It is our responsibility as mothers to create
               an atmosphere where feelings are not only
               welcomed but eagerly sought out. We need to
               foster an environment where “How you are
               feeling?” becomes a genuine question but not
               simply a polite gesture towards our daughter.
               ~ Irene


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Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer for Teens, Tweens, and Kids

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