Presented by Family Pastor Dave Carl and Dr. Andi Thacker, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, RPT-S
There has never been an easy time to raise kids, but it seems harder today. Remember the nursery rhyme from your childhood: “What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice; that’s what little girls are made of.” If only life were as simple as a little sugar and spice. Today’s girls are faced with a changing culture that defines girls differently. Today’s girls are defined by an entertainment and fashion industry that pushes them to grow up too fast. Age compression thrusts young girls into the adolescent experience well before they are psychologically ready. At one time, modesty was considered a virtue, but that seems forgotten in a world that sells padded bras to seven year olds.
There are other factors affecting our daughters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America (one out of every three) live in homes without their biological father or a consistent fatherly influence. If a father does not show his daughter love, teach her how to be loved, tell her she’s pretty, put his arm around her, and give her attention, she will often look for affirmation elsewhere.
“A girl learns self-respect and trust from how her Dad treats her.” ~Pastor Chuck Swindoll
But this isn’t just about modesty or what stores sell. It’s not about sex or singleness or feminism. It’s about choices we make and boundaries we lay as parents as we raise them in a world filled with degradation and objectification.
In these discussions, Raising Girls to Be Women, Dr. Andi Thacker we will discuss topics including:
How to teach your daughter of her value, and that it is not based on her appearance alone
How to teach her about healthy self-esteem while not training her to be self-focused
How to be an affirming voice so she does not have to listen to all the clutter presented in our culture
How to, as a father, lead and teach her what to expect from the men in her life
How to lead her to be a strong, faithful, Godly woman
These sessions are about loving our daughters and leading them by example. It’s about going against what our culture says is normal and trying to live more like Jesus.
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