Some may think that it is difficult for a mother to still have a major influence over her daughter's life with all of those influences monopolizing our girls' attention. However that's not true. The primary way in which a child learns is by what she sees. As a mother, you have a huge head-start on what your daughter sees as you will be her very first role model before she even utters her first word. The way you speak, the way you dress, the way you carry yourself, your social skills, the way you handle stress, your education and vocational aspirations...are all being viewed and internalized everyday by your daughter. All of these things (and more) have a huge impact on who your daughter will become. These are the intangible things that your daughter will inherit from you. Most of us mothers, grew up and discovered to our surprise that we have become just like our mothers; whether we wanted to or not. Why? Well, because we, (just like our daughters) learned and internalized behaviors and patterns from our mothers on a subconscious level.
So, now that you're aware of this mothers, the question becomes: What will your daughter inherit from you? Think about yourself and your life for a moment. Will she learn how to speak, act and walk like a lady? Will she value education and hard work, which will enable her to fend for herself as an adult? Will she learn how to respect herself and her body? Will she learn how to avoid substance abuse and domestic violence relationships? Will she learn how to be a good mother to her own children? With so much negativity and mixed messages out there brainwashing our girls, it is imperative that we create a balance by giving our daughters a solid foundation. We can do this by setting a good example by our actions, not just our words. If you haven't already noticed, the old saying "Do as I say and not as I do", is pretty ineffective.