If you are “stuck at home” with “no place to go,” teach your children all those things you always wanted to teach them, but never had the time to do!
Now, some of you mothers had your lists made two weeks ago and you have become a massive Skills Teacher. Congratulations. Seriously. That’s awesome.
That has never been me. (By the way, my name is Lori Doerneman. I have been married for 32 years and my husband Russ and I have 8 children. I live and write in a small town near Wichita, Kansas.)
When our oldest son, Eric, graduated from high school, I panicked. I felt like all the parents at that high school graduation had taken a class on How to Get Scholarships for Your Child. I had somehow never gotten on that train. I also felt like we had not given him enough SKILLS to survive college.
And when my second child, Rachel, graduated, I felt like I was simply mad at her for most of her high school. She was an angry thing.
I am happy to report that we all survived. Eric and Rachel both graduated from college. They are both balanced and centered and more than okay. They are engaging, humorous, fantastic adults.
However, in 2014, I felt like I had really missed some big opportunities with Eric and Rachel.
I set out to engage our other sons, and most especially our daughters, in a more positive way.
So I set out to do just that. (The best part of having a big family: I get do-overs!)
I worked at the mother-daughter relationship with my two then pre-teen girls.
I engaged with them on purpose. I built into them. (I did this with our sons, too, but my husband did more with the boys.)
Over the course of time, I took what I was doing with my two daughters and created a FREE resource for mothers to use with their own daughters.
So if you are long on time and short on inspiration, check out my free online course designed for MOMS to build into their DAUGHTERS: The Daughter Dare.
I broke the course into three sections:
Age 10 and under
If you have never explained things like ovulation or menstruation to your daughter, use this time to do that. If you aren’t sure HOW to do that, perfect. I guide you through it all in Video #1 “Taking Care of Her Body” in the Age 11-13 section.
If you’ve never taught your daughter (or son for that matter) important life skills, then you’ll want to view Video #1, “Life Skills” in the Age 14-16 section; I’ll teach you a simple 3-Step Approach to use.
In Video #2 in that same section, Age 14-16, I talk about how to “Invest in Her Future.” This video is vital if you want to explore ways to get college scholarships for your child.
Finally, I included some fabulous bonus videos:
The Four Levels of Happiness This would be a powerful video to watch right now. I explore what brings us true happiness. (It is NOT about stockpiling toilet paper.)
The Power of Questions I believe the only way to “deal” with teenagers is through asking good questions. I include a downloadable guide.
Addressing Sending Nudes I examine this big topic and give you, the mom, some understanding of what our daughters are dealing with.
Okay, there you have it. I started out in an extremely shaky way with this mothering gig. Over time, I got better.
No matter where you are, you can build more intentionally into your sons and daughters.
The Daughter Dare.
My gift to you.
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