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Courage to Be Significant, Part 2

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We had a thought-provoking meeting with the Rev. Stephanie Price on Friday. She said we can be disciples by using discernment to find our path as Christian women to lead and be significant in society.

At the end of her program, she gave us this handout:

By Sil Reynolds
1. Find a village to raise your child. Take Hilary Clinton’s advice to heart and find village women and men to help you raise your child in a loving and supportive community. You cannot do everything or be everywhere – create that circle for her and for you.

2. Love your body. Then your daughter will be inspired to cherish her own unique feminine body. Teach about what is wrong about those too skinny images that are coming at her every day.

3. While I am on the subject–keep no scales in the house. A number in the morning should not have the right to determine how one feels about oneself.

4. Celebrate the sacred, invite it in, and make room for it in your home. Celebrate your daughter’s menarche even if she resists it. It may be just the two of you (red tulips and strawberries), or a circle of women that hold her.

5. Plant a garden with her if you can find a patch of earth. This will teach her the rhythms of the Earth, the cycles of life and the miracle of starting life from a seed.

6. Teach tolerance and celebrate differences: different bodies, different sexual orientations, different cultures and different points of view. Teach about injustice. Model compassion.

7. Keep talking. Always keep the lines of communication open. If you are having trouble with this, get help.

8. Bring your daughter to your workplace. If you don’t work, bring your daughter to your volunteer place. Make sure she sees you in the world.


Author: oflcmops

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, a faith-based community that strives to meet the needs of moms with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges. MOPS also provides opportunities for social outings throughout the year. We meet the first and third Fridays of every month September through May.

One thought on “Courage to Be Significant, Part 2

  1. This past meeting with Sarah speaking encouraged so many of our women to speak up. The conversations were so stimulating and brought out qualities in our women that I hadn’t known existed in them. This was truly an opportunity to be “significant” with your bravery. Kudos to all our magnificent women.

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