Recipe for raising daughters.

A cup of love
Add in a large measure of compassion
Stir in resilience, rays of hope and a little bit of awe and wonder.
Mix with manners, humility and respect
And leave to prove in a warm and welcoming kitchen


Encourage courage and a brave heart
Give support and hope through times of hardship and self-doubt
And demonstrate that with careful consideration there can be a useful lesson learned in most experiences of failure.

Teach that family and friendship can be more fulfilling than fruitless feuding
That money doth not always maketh the man
That the road can be long and winding but however heavy the burden and load we must walk on with a glad heart.
Give them wings to fly and heritage, culture and connection to ground them.
Give them a handbag full of handy hints and useful tips and tools for everyday survival.
Ensure they are secure in the knowledge that your love will always be there at the end of the day and that without a shadow of a doubt you have got their back,
And that one day they will do the same for their own offspring.

©Alison Jean Hankinson.

To Ellen and Emily love Mumma. For International Women’s Day 2018. I am offering this also for d’Verse open link night, sorry I have been a bit quiet recently folks.




Author: alisonhankinson

I am a school teacher and a mum and a red cosmic skywalker, and sometimes a netball coach...but beneath it all I am a writer...

17 thoughts on “Recipe for raising daughters.”

  1. Oh Alison! How this made me happy and warmed my heart. I’m sure your girls know it and your husband as well. You are teaching them right and doing a fine job of it. And the method….so full of love and practical being. I’ll take this poem over any fancy-schmancy high toned poetry anyday because this is honest and comes from the heart.

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  2. WONDERFUL!! And so fun to see the pics.
    When we were pregnant with our first child (I’m 70 now), someone gave us a small oak-framed saying: “ The best things you can give your children are roots and wings.” I passed that on to our daughter (first-born of two) when she was pregnant. She still has it hanging in her bedroom and I suspect it will be handed down in similar fashion to her first-born at the appropriate time. Thanks for the wonderful memories you’ve brought to mind this morning for me😊❤️

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