My Wish for You – A Conversation Book for Mothers and Daughters
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I’m a mom raising two daughters and a son. I am a daughter. I know each mom thinks or says it at least once in their life that raising daughters in these times and in this world feels daunting. We live in this ever-changing world that seems to bring up more and more challenges with each day that passes. You know them?
I have wishes for my daughters. I wish for them to be brave, to be bold and stand up for their beliefs, to be true to who they are, and, most of all, find what brings them joy. Whatever they feel, I want them to be able to feel those feelings without fear of someone telling them otherwise.
If you are finding yourself in a similar place – raising daughters in a world that can be frightening for even adults – I want to share a book with you that can inspire you to have those everyday life lesson chats. My Wish for You, a new picture book from actress Kathryn Hahn and illustrated by Brigette Barrager, is a darling little book perfect for girls as young as four who might be starting school in a world that demands perfection. The pages are quick to read, but the messages are timeless.
“Inspired by the everyday life lessons of raising her own six-year-old daughter, author and actress Kathryn Hahn creates a heartfelt and touching meditation on the inherent power every girl has deep inside herself. Here is a timely and necessary message of the intrinsic importance of being who you are, no matter what the world tells you. To be curious, strong, and vulnerable. To live life on your own terms. To always look for that sparkle!”
There is only one YOU. So why not be yourself? Sounds easier than it is right? For example, I personally struggle with perfection every day. I always have. Not sure where this need came from, but I just don’t have it in me most days to struggle with myself to say, “I did my best” and move on. I want to show and teach my daughters that they can have the same drive without the anxiety or fear. A challenge, when, at 39-years-old, I struggle with my own self-induced pressures. I want to be able to do all the things, over-commit myself sometimes and then want everything to be “just right”. I know it is totally impossible to put that load on myself and not feel anxious, which leads to a spiral of other things like staying up too late to get things done. Do you struggle? Are you able to circle yourself back and tell yourself you are enough?