Sunday, September 16, 2007

What every girl should know

I spent part of Saturday morning imparting some wisdom to my daughter. I was in the mood for one of those "big talks", and she's at the right age for such talks, but she quickly informed me that the sexuality education she's taken at church has left her with no questions or concerns. Yay church, but boo! Because I kind of feel like I missed out on a good one.

So instead we did the monthly internet safety refresher. She already knows the rules and can recite them to me, but I still insist on talking about it every month.

But I realized that it wasn't enough to have that talk. I want to have these deep discussions with my daughter, to teach her the secrets of womanhood, at least as I understand it. Which means I need to figure out what those secrets are. So bear with me as I attempt to clarify my thoughts.

1. Every girl should have at least one gay guy friend. And more than one is even better. And if one of them manages a Victoria's Secret store, even better. (Free bras, ladies. Free bras.) (Yes, this is a shout-out. You know who you are.) And cultivating gay-dar is equally important, because there is genuine heartbreak to be experienced by girls who fall for gay guys (not my own experience, but I've seen some friends go through hell on that one). Plus, when she's at a convention in Vegas and 99.99% of the attendees are women but there's one gay guy who would make a great date for the rest of the conference, she'll find him easily. And she'll have more fun than anyone else. (That one is from experience.) (But I think I'll share all that advice a little later, like junior high or even maybe senior high. Fifth grade is a little young to start accumulating gays. Probably. Maybe I should ask around to see if that's too young.) Maybe I should just buy all the seasons of "Will and Grace" on DVD and watch them with her. That would drive the point home, right?

2. Every girl should have a great friend who "gets" her. (I think Susie has one already. She's lucky. And email and nationwide minutes make the distance from Memphis to Nashville not very long.)

3. Condition the ends, shampoo the roots. Unless your hair is curly like mine. Then condition all of it. And only shampoo when it's literally dirty.

4. Wear clothes that make you feel good. If you feel good, you probably look good. Or at least you look comfortable, which is almost the same thing. That being said, however, it's usually wise to overdress instead of underdress, especially if you aren't sure what to wear.

5. Be nice. There's little to be gained by catty behavior, even though girls seem to enjoy participating in it.

I'll add to this list periodically. And I'm taking suggestions for more items.


Hot Librarian said...

Um, hello awesome? This is an excellent set of advice. I wish I'd had it 20 years ago.

Oh, The Joys said...

6. NEVER go after your best friend's current (or former) boyfried.

Great rules, but what are the internet rules?

Kaleigh said...

You know, the typical internet rules. Don't give out your name, personal information, address, phone number, etc. Since she's old enough to do some social stuff online, we do a safety check every month to make sure she's not getting herself some creepy 40 year old boyfriend by mistake.

kalisah said...

I think if I had a daughter I would tell her:
1. You probably won't marry the first guy you love, and that's OK.
2. A confident girl is a pretty girl.
3. God made you and you're wonderful just the way you are, but don't be afraid to experiment with hair color. (I think you've already got that one covered.)

kesiarhea said...

I would tell her not to ever let anyone tell her what she feels is WRONG. She feels it for a reason [happy, sad, scared, offended, insulted] and whoever tells her she doesn't have a right to feel that way is WRONG.

also, nothing feels better than doing something someone told you you would be unable to do. :)

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