Are you letting your daughter grow up?
21 Jan 2015
Marmar was wonderfully patient with little children, but if I'm honest, I think she found our teenage years more of a challenge, so that makes her pretty normal! Something she did really well, without knowing it I suspect, was to let us discover our own set of values and opinions. She wasn't a fearful parent. The teenage years are experiemental ones, but it is the wise parent who quietly allows their child to try out life's adventures within safe guidelines, knowing they are loved. This week, I wonder if you can spot something in your daughter that shows she knows her own mind and compliment her for it. Let me know what you see in her that you admire.
WHAT WOULD MARMAR DO?
Marmar was my mum. Her legacy to my sisters and I includes parenting wisdom, wit and a bottomless pit of patience. She had her flaws though, as all parents do. I didn't realise how much she meant to me, and to my daughters, until she died.
So many parents have told me they miss their own family being nearby to help bring up their darlings. I thought you might like some parenting tips from Marmar. A small act of kindness written with love like Marmar would, to help you with all the modern problems of raising daughters. She would prefer me to write a proper letter to you, but she had a habit of leaving notes for us written on the back of old envelopes on the kitchen table. I hope you find these jottings useful and fun. Marmar would want you to put your feet up to read them.
This is also an invitation to share your own 'Marmar' stories. A friend told me her mum always said " It will be alright in the morning." What did your mum, or dad, do or say, that you have found valuable in raising your darlings? Please do share your memories for all of us in the comments box, or on the Darling Daughters Facebook page.
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