Raising Dahlia is about my adventures in gentle, respectful, peaceful parenting.
I work hard to parent this way. It’s not how I was raised and it was never modeled for me, but I work at it anyway, day after day, with the goal of raising a daughter who feels seen and heard. Who knows with absolute certainty that she matters. Who understands, deep down, that she is perfect exactly as she is.
Raising Dahlia is also about raising a female in a male-dominated world.
It’s my hope that she grows comfortable embracing her femininity in an excessively masculine society. I hope she learns that feminine strength does not mean being more like a man. Her EQ matters just as much, if not more than, her IQ. Intuition can be relied upon as much as analysis. Kindness and cooperation are often more effective than control.
Most importantly, Raising Dahlia is about raising a self-directed, confident human being who knows, without a doubt, she is loved.
She has more wisdom than anyone could ever give her credit for, but I will try. I will also try to remind her that the answers she seeks are most often found within, and that she never needs to look to me or her Papa for approval. We approve. We love her. Unconditionally. Nothing she could ever do would cause us to draw our love away from her.
This, most of all, is our greatest goal in raising Dahlia.