Today, my 13-year-old daughter and I worked finished her extreme bedroom makeover. Yep, 3 months after we started it, we committed to finishing it. We both agreed we would commit to the following:
Now, I realize as I type this post, you are probably asking yourself, “Where is this going? What does cleaning a teen bedroom have anything to do with gardening, farming or homesteading?!?”
I’ll tell you.
I am raising a girl who will eventually become a woman. I am nurturing her, tending to her, raising her. Just as my parents did for me, I am teaching her skills she’ll need to be independent and self-sufficient whether she follows in my footsteps as a farmer and homesteader or not.
I am amazed that in this time and day that stereotypes still exist about what girls can and can’t do. For example, did you
know that girls can hang a picture and drill a hole, but that we need a pink tool kit to do it. Seriously?!
So how do we raise girls to become women who can not only bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, but can also launder it, build it, hang it, drill it, hoe it, nail it, rake it, plant it, and on and on and on? Well, here’s what I’m doing:
Most importantly, enjoy it! It doesn’t have to be “work.” Make it engaging and interesting. Needless to say, sometimes, teens and tweens don’t necessarily want to do those boring or hard jobs they see us do as adults. It is our attitude and approach, however, that determine if our girls grow into women who can, as Beyonce so fondly sings, “run the world.”
As for my daughter and me, we may not be running the world today, but we sure did install a ceiling fan, hang box shelves, and patch holes in the wall. For today, that is enough.