It's 11pm, and while the rest of my family has long since gone to sleep, I find myself on the couch writing my very first blog post. I've been up since 5am and got just four hours of sleep last night. But I have a vision - a dream that keeps my wheels turning all day, every day. I want to create a system, an environment, a consortium of parents of girls - parents specifically committed to purposefully raising girls who walk with dignity, modesty, humility, and an attitude of gratitude. To raise girls who respond with grace against the machine of destruction our society has become in its current self-serving, "you-do-you", "imma get mine", and "I do what I want" entitled state.
I know, I know. Every generation whines and complains about the utter shamelessness of the next. But we have reached new lows. We not only make mention of, but glorify criminal behavior, promiscuity, profanity, and reckless behavior through music, television, and advertising. We devour reality t.v. centered on chaos and deception. Dysfunction is the new black. Our daughters are being fed a steady diet of glamorized reckless behavior on the radio, on their iPods, iPads, cell phones, t.v., billboards, in books.
I had great parents. They took me to dance, traveled with me, helped me with homework, made me do chores, gave me an allowance, taught me to cook, and always signed my permission slips and paid for my field trips. But they never talked to me about any of the things that girls need to be talked to about at the age of 10...11...12...13. They never talked to me about boys, periods, mean girls, sex, modesty. I stumbled through it all on my own. I made some mistakes, and though I made it through, I have to wonder how much better off I would have been had they opened up some conversations. I have to wonder...how would I make it through now when every one of my mistakes could have been caught on film and broadcast worldwide?
Social media has changed the landscape of our society. And it is more critical than ever that we begin open, honest, difficult, and continuous conversations with our daughters. It is my mission to empower parents to do this. There are thousands of miles to travel on this journey...this is my first step.