In the most recent General Conference, Elder M. Russell Ballard gave a talk called “Mothers and Daughters,” where he give us direct counsel about things to do and say as we nurture that important relationship.
"Throughout the history of the world, women have always been teachers of moral values. That instruction begins in the cradle and continues throughout the lives of their children. Today our society is bombarded with messages about womanhood and motherhood that are dangerously and wickedly wrong. Following these messages can put your daughters on the path to sin and self-destruction. Your daughters may not understand that unless you tell them or, better, unless you show them how to make good choices. As mothers in Israel, you are your daughters’ first line of defense against the wiles of the world."
I have a young daughter, and I sometimes wonder about the specifics of what our relationship should be. I was surprised how much Elder Ballard’s talk about the things I should be teaching my daughter actually taught me about myself as a woman. I love this talk. You will too.
Take a few minutes to study (or watch or listen to) Elder Ballard's talk and tell me about your favorite parts in the comments.
Stephanie is a mom of three young and relentless children. Her interests include Latin music, naps, restaurants, writing, travel, teaching, housework denial and long showers. Stephanie seeks for the divinity in motherhood--- tries to share it when she finds it, and tries to laugh when she doesn't. She blogs for fun, posterity, and therapy. Her musings are chronicled at Diapers and Divinity.