Friday, September 5, 2014

Raising a Princess... a Resource every dad of a daughter needs

Do you ever struggle with how to raise your children? Especially your daughters? Read on to see an amazing resource that I have found to help my in raising my daughter... I think it will help you too.

A while back, I wrote a blog post on an awesome resource that I had found on raising boys to become men. (read the blog post here) I have 2 wonderful boys, and sandwiched in between them is my beautiful princess of a girl, Eden. Eden is such a blessing to my life, she is an amazing young lady of 6 years of age.

I never thought I would have a daughter. I grew up with 2 younger brothers, and many of my cousins were boys. In fact, Eden was the first girl born through my dad's blood line in over 50 years! Soon after my wife and I found out that we were having a girl, I remember going to watch the movie Enchanted. I loved it, but at the end I was crying. Kristi asked, "what's wrong?" I said, "I just realized that I'm going to be watching a lot of girl movies like this with my daughter." They were tears of joy, but also of being overwhelmed by having no idea how to raise a daughter.

Enter an amazing resource for my parenthood journey:
Raising a Princess: 8 Essential Virtues to Teach Your Daughter by John Croyle (clicking on the picture or link below will open a new window to Amazon)



John has successfully raised a daughter, but has also been involved in raising hundreds of young women through the Big Oak Ranch. John's vast experience in raising these girls to become women worthy of glory is amazing and applicable to any father of a daughter. He uses the acrostic PRINCESS to describe the qualities that we as dad's should be helping to instill in our daughters:
Praiseworthiness
Righteousness
Initiative
Nurture
Character
Empowerment
Servan-Heartedness
Stability

Each chapter contains heart touching personal stories of John's fatherhood for his personal daughter and the many girls at the ranch. The stories were extremely inspiring for me as the father of a young girl who I am trying to raise to become a princess in God's eyes... a Proverbs 31 woman worthy of praise.

In addition to the inspiring stories, each chapter contains "Practical Helps and Suggestions." These suggestions are worth the weight of the book in platinum. They range from common sense suggestions like "When your daughter says, 'Watch this!,' watch." (p. 66) and "Let your daughter hear you talking to God-about her." (p.171) to the much more subtle and difficult helps like "Help your daughter know who she is-including her limits." (p. 121)

I loved this book! In fact, I'm planning to start reading it again because I know that it will be such a useful tool in my developing my beautiful daughter into the princess that she already is and that God wants her to become.

If you would be interested in reading this book, please consider purchasing through this affiliate link to Amazon.

What resources have been helpful to you in raising your daughters? Leave me a comment below if you have found a good book or other resource that has/is helping you raise your daughters.

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