Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Emotional Integrity

"Raise your daughters with emotional integrity by helping them to be emotionally real to themselves and others. Honor all of her expressions of feelings. When she is a baby, this means understanding that she has to cry and fuss as she adjusts to her new world. When she is a toddler, it means knowing that her tantrums are a legitimate venting of her frustration - she is expressing herself in a healthy way. When she is a preteen and begins to withdraw from you or express anger toward you, it means understanding that she needs to separate from you as she moves towards adolescence."

-Virginia Beane Rutter, Celebrating Girls

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