Being the mom of two amazing girls who are now amazing women has been one of the most amazing journeys of my life.
New Moon Girls and Daughters.com both owe their existence to Nia & Mavis’ influence. Because of them, I discovered a passion that became my life mission: supporting parents, teachers, grandparents, researchers, business & political leaders, mentors and others in helping us all raise resilient, creative girls to be powerful women in their lives and in the world.
My husband Joe Kelly is also key to this passion and my opportunity to follow a dream and make it reality: making New Moon Girls a community for girls who support each other in staying true to themselves as they grow from girls to women. Joe’s work at Dads and Daughters continues today with his blog.
Part of the introduction to my book, How To Say It to Girls: Communicating with Your Growing Daughter says this as well as anything:
The journey of raising girls is a rich and unexpected one. It takes us deep into ourselves as well as out into the world, in ways we can never fully imagine until they happen. Our daughters have provided me and Joe with our greatest challenges and our most rewarding experiences. Every time we thought we had it figured out, something happened to remind us that the essence of parenting is continuous learning, both about our daughters and ourselves. We’re usually grateful for that when we’re not exhausted by it!
As the founder of New Moon Girls, I am also told by thousands of other girls what they need and expect from the adults in their lives. Hearing about them and from them has given me the great gift of awareness and respect for girls and what they know. It has also shown me just how much girls need from adults. They depend on us to really know them as individuals and do what’s best for them. Deep down, they want us to provide them with informed and loving guidance.
And one of the best ways to give them informed guidance is to connect with others who care about girls, whether they are parents or scientists, business owners or politicians. The purpose of this blog is to give you a place to find the information and opinions about raising girls and also a place to share your knowledge and experiences. Thanks for joining us.