The above excerpt is from the book ‘Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters‘ by Meg Meeker, M.D. with my own added comments and highlights. This book had a major impact on me and my pursuit of building and maintaining a solid relationship with my growing daughter. My daughter is now 9 1/2 years old and everyday seems to go by faster than the day before. She is no longer a baby but will always be my little girl. Therefore, I will do whatever I have to do to protect her from the pain and hurt of this world and give her the supportive love she needs when she does get hurt, as she will.
I realize that I am and must be that place for my daughter to retreat to and to feel safe. The moments and our lives go by all too quickly and we forget that those we love often just want our time and nothing else. As our time on this earth does not come in quantities, we must be intentional in saying no in order to say yes to our daughters and others that we love. If you have daughters of any age, I encourage you to read this book! Take this challenge with me!
Other books by Dr. Meeker’s include the following:
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters; The 30 Day Challenge
- Strong Mothers, Strong Sons
- Boys Should be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons
- The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers
You are important and will impact your child’s life, the question is how?