Girl Power: Books to inspire your daughter's inner super hero

Friday, September 12, 2014
As a child, I loved fairy tales. In fact, I still do. However, the fairy tales of my youth don't exactly portray the type of role models I'd like my daughter to have. Oh, Prince Charming, please save me from the horrible, mean witch!

I want my daughter to grow up with the knowledge that she can save her own butt if it needs saving. Girls (and boys, for that matter) need the appropriate skills to function in today's society. Working in higher education, you would be surprised at the number of young adults who do not have these skills. They have a sense of entitlement. "So what? I failed that class. I'll just ask the professor for an extension. If I don't get one, Mom will call the president." Do you have any idea how many times Mommy and Daddy call the president for their child? It's unbelievable. No accountability. This is what parents have been teaching their children. STOP IT!

I don't want to be that parent. I want my daughter to know she doesn't have to let the man save the day. She doesn't have to be a stay-at-home mom and have dinner ready every night (unless she wants to, of course).

When life gets her down, I want her to have the strength to keep pushing through whatever is in her way. I want her to not shut down when she's faced with stressful situations. I want her to have the resilience to bounce back after a fall, and I want her to truly understand that she is the one that is ultimately held accountable for her actions.

So, what do we do as parents? We can start by keeping the fairy tales  of yesteryear to a minimum. We also must practice what we preach. Otherwise, how will they ever learn? And we can read them books with positive role models. Here are a few to inspire your daughter's inner super hero.

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