Mamalode: Soft Hearts & Cowgirl Boots

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I wrote an essay over at Mamalode about the incredible way our oldest daughter used her voice to speak up for herself:

For so long I wished not that my oldest daughter Betty, age 9, would raise her voice, but that she would speak up.  And two years ago when I spoke up about mean girls on the playground, her principal told me, it’s time for her heart to harden a little.  In fact, I vehemently said to the principal, I wish it otherwise.  I wish her heart to remain forever soft and delicate.  For if her heart hardens, then I lose sight of the little girl I believe she’s meant to be in this world.  I stood up and left the meeting, keeping inside all the other things grown-ups aren’t supposed to say to one another…[click HERE to continue]

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