And yet... I'd even go as far to say... the boys, all three of them combined, are at times easier to raise.
It's not that Emma is difficult or rebellious, because she is not, she is the furthest thing from that. She is caring, helpful, super smart and very athletic. Girls... can just be a bit more complicated.
She's more apt to internalize her feelings and withdraw from conversations or pull back and try to disappear. If I don't actively pursue her, she will go hours alone in her room, reading or perusing Pinterest.
I have to make a conscientious effort to seek her out and pull her into discussions. She doesn't clamor for my attention or affection like the boys do.
When it comes to GIRL POWER... I've tried to lead by example, by showing her that her mom is a confident, outgoing woman who is able to take charge and get things done but if I don't actually verbalize those same great GIRL POWER characteristics that I see in her... it isn't heard inside of her.
As much as we spend time together; baking, going to the spa, doing crafts together, shopping, taking girls-only trips away together... if I don't take the time to TELL her how awesome she is, TELL her she's done a great job, TELL her she is beautiful, TELL her she rocks...
My primary love language is time spent together.
Her primary love language is words of affirmation.
She's not going to hear what I do - she needs to hear what I say.
Last night I found out COVERGIRL was sending Emma and I, thanks to the #PGMom program I'm involved in, to see P!NK's sold out concert in Toronto. I read through two lines of the email and I started screaming. Quite literally. I screamed a few more times, then ran down the hall, flung open Emma's bedroom door, jumped on her bed and while jumping, screaming, "WE'RE GOING TO SEE P!NK ON MONDAY!" It was 10:35pm. She was sound asleep but I was a tad excited and I couldn't help myself...
You see, for me, I was going to spend time with my daughter. The concert was the cherry on top (because I am a HUGE fan).
Now to not forget to speak her language so this is something she remembers for the rest of her life.
P!NK as the face of COVERGIRL Clump Crusher:
In her new role as a COVERGIRL, P!NK’s going to dare every woman to take more beauty chances and join her in kicking traditional conventions to the curb. Throughout her career, P!NK has built a reputation for being a fearless, fun innovator: so it’s fitting that as the first chapter of her COVERGIRL story, the singer is the face of a bold new mascara innovation from the brand.
With the launch of her most recent album, The Truth About Love, this past fall, P!NK exemplifies what it means to be a true COVERGIRL. She’s got her own individuality and never settles for conforming to a single beauty standard. “I have a lot to celebrate. I called my new album The Truth About Love, and the truth is that I have my beautiful family and baby girl, my new music, and now my partnership with COVERGIRL to love,” said P!NK. “Joining a group of women who have always inspired me – to laugh out loud, let my guard down, or play around with my beauty look – is such an honour.”
NOW... HOW'D YOU LIKE TO JOIN US AT THE CONCERT??!!
ENTER TO WIN: Two (2) floor level tickets to P!NK's SOLD OUT concert in Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, March 11, 2013 ($200 value) with access to a VIP lounge! In addition, the winner will receive two (2) COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascaras ($10.99 arv) to channel their inner P!NK. Open to Canadians only (ex QC).
QUESTION: What makes you feel beautiful in your own skin?
BONUS QUESTION: What are you doing to help empower other girls to see their beauty, inside & out?
Emma will be choosing the winner on FRIDAY MARCH 8 @ 9AM ET based on the answer(s) she likes the best. Feel free to talk to her as much as you want. Make her laugh, smile, think... make her notice you. :) Good Luck!!!
Follow P!NK's lead to take beauty chances to discover what makes
you feel beautiful in your skin!
Transportation, accommodation, food & beverages are not included. Tickets cannot be exchanged for a cash value, sold or transferred to anyone but the name given to me upon acceptance of this prize. Due to the tight turnaround and for security purposes, the winner will have four (4) hours to respond to claim the prize before another name is drawn.