What Being a Girl Mom Means to Me

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National Daughter’s Day has come and we wanted to take a moment to hear from 3 Waco Moms on what being a girl mom means to them!

 

“When I first thought of having a girl, I envisioned a mini me I could dress up in a matching outfit who would like all the same activities I did. What I forgot is how incredibly confusing, stubborn, headstrong, and emotional girls are. Real girls. The ones who dream and play and make glorious messes. The ones who cry and scream with equal abandon about an unfair slight or a cute kitten commercial. The ones who know better than mom, and the ones who want to figure it out for themselves. Being a girl mom, to me, doesn’t mean walking into a room with a perfect living doll. Being a girl mom is an honor that requires a whole lot of patience, and trust. I get to see a woman grow into herself. I know from my own experience that she will, and I’ll help in any way that I can.”
Arielle Henry

 

“I had every intention of being a boy mom. I envisioned mini versions of my husband and looked forward to using all of my opinions and experiences with boys to guide who I thought the perfect male should be. Joke was on me, as there is nothing more introspective and humbling than raising 2 mini versions of yourself and having to now analyze your own choices and experiences and decide how you will use and share them with your girls. I was panicked thinking about the feelings of being left out, puberty, heartbreaks, comparison struggles etc. that I knew they would face, but was empowered by the reality that my experiences could serve them if I shared them appropriately. It didn’t take long (or much shopping) to realize God knew exactly what he was doing by giving me 2 funny, little beauties to get to raise. It is the best. I get to give my girls the things and joy that I had or dreamed of and enjoy it alongside them. I choose to use my experiences as a girl and woman to encourage them to be inclusive of others, thoughtful in their communication, confident to the point where they don’t question their value, and definitely don’t put their focus on who they are with, but rather who they choose to be. Being a girl mom to me means evaluating your own upbringing as a girl and choosing what you would keep the same and what you would like to change, then sharing it and hoping that they choose to use your experience to guide their own path.”
Katie Snapp

 

“As a girl mom, I’m legitimately living my dream. I’m a mom to 3 girls, ages 5, 7, and 9. I constantly think about how to prepare them … for life, for friendship, for love, for motherhood. Being a girl mom to me means I get to prepare my girls to set boundaries in a world that will take whatever you have. I want them to set boundaries with whoever they date, whoever they room with, whoever they marry or mother. I want them to crave and give love like Rapunzel but be empowered like Merida. Being a girl mom means my love is immortalized. This isn’t lost on me; you don’t forget a mother who loves well, who holds you, sings to you, plays with your hair, rubs your back, or whispers in your ear, “I love you.” This is the mother I get to be, and want to be. Being a girl mom, to me, means my love will never die. It will carry on in their hearts and spill over to their children, and their children. I get to be a line of expounding love, nurturing, and sweetness in a unique and special way that resounds in girls specifically. And I am so, so grateful for that. They know they will always be in my heart and I in theirs.”
Robin Cohagen

 

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