Sunday, June 3, 2012

How to raise a daughter

Well, since we've found out we're going to have a little girl, I've been wondering something. How am I supposed to raise a girl? Boys are easy. You cut their hair short, put them in jeans and a t-shirt, and go play sports with them (well, that's a bit over-simplified, but it's pretty easy). Girls are a little more complicated, especially as they get older.

In a recent general conference of the church, the young women's general president of the church gave a talk about how to raise a daughter. We've been quoting from it a lot, especially the part where she says that the most important thing a father can do is to love her mother. The problem is that this talk is addressed to the fathers. I still have to figure out what to do!

Here is another little video about raising children that I think is amazing. It's Elder and Sister Clayton. Elder Clayton is in the presidency of the seventy. I think the advice to do family planning, to select the essential over just the nice, and to create an environment in our home that is so pure and good that they know what to look for in the world, is some of the best parenting advice that you can find.

Just to round things off, I'm going to put up a link to a third youtube video. It's called "What matters most." My favorite quote from it is "Never let a problem to be solved be more important than a person to be loved." That applies to parenting, too!

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