Following Mom’s Lead
Be a leader and not a follower, mom said.
A gentle breeze graced their faces while walking down 40th street. The new year of school began.
And they were giggling, snapping their fingers to the songs playing loudly from cars whisking by, and reminiscing to share stories about summer vacation.
Jennifer was always the quiet one in the group. Every now and then she’d say little odd, random words like, your teeth got whiter.
They’d laugh at her remarks, too.
As they arrived at school, Jennifer noticed a new student standing at the door.
Their conversations stopped, and they stared a little, but not enough to make the new girl uncomfortable.
Besides, they were honors students in the gifted music program. Who had time for nonsense?
Walking to homeroom they saw her again; there sitting in row two the third seat from the front.
They usually sat at that area in every homeroom class to sit and talk until the bell rings.
Hi there, initiated Jennifer.
Hey, she uttered with a small smile.
Jennifer immediately invited her to hang with the group, walk home with them after school, and visit her home.
The group members remained silent during passing periods and even the walk home because of Jennifer’s invitation to the girl.
Each of them heads towards their streets to go home at the split of the hill on Chancellor Avenue.
Jennifer and the new girl are left walking. We’re almost there. My house is three doors down on the left, Jennifer explained.
There remained an awkward silence with being out of breath from that hill they traveled to get to Jennifer’s house.
They walk in the door. Jennifer introduces the new girl to her mom. Mom’s hazel eyes start to squint and the color changed to a look of fire.
Jennifer knew the meaning of her mom’s glare. She asked the new girl if she had a way to get home.
The new girl understood it was time to go. She left.
Be a leader and not a follower, mom said.
There’s something about this girl that speaks trouble. I can see it, feel it and I just know it, explained mom in her stern voice.
Lead Your Millennial Daughters
Perhaps you remember similar stories about your daughter’s meeting and bringing home the “wrong type” of girls at school.
Life and your experiences inform your perception and discernment. Mom, you’re on point when it comes to helping your daughters decide on the right friends.
A great book of inspiration and wisdom says, “train up a child in the way she should go; when she’s older she won’t depart from it,” proverbs 22:6.
It takes your leading, guiding and wisdom to advise her at a young age. The mother in the story obviously led and guided her daughter by example.
As a millennial, your daughter still needs your wisdom. But now in a different capacity.
Give Your Millennial Daughters Wisdom
According to one article, “Mіllеnnіаlѕ includes thоѕе оvеr-20ѕ whо аrе wеll-еduсаtеd аnd wеll-саrеd for…”
Moreover, “mіllеnnіаlѕ dеmаnd a fair bаlаnсе bеtwееn work and рrіvаtе lіfе.”
Their private lives are where many struggles occur, and how you lead them matters the most.
They are gentle and a bit sensitive in nature to correction and being “told what to do” per se.
To bring to their attention anything that may ruffle their feathers, consider approaching them with love.
Sometimes wisdom will lead you to hook millennial daughters with compassion, seasoned words, and grace.
Millennial daughters gravitate more to love. And during life talks, they’ll become a sponge that’ll absorb your words.
If millennial daughters are in a love partnership, then they especially need to hear your practical words of wisdom.
Sometimes hearing these words are hard for them. However, deep inside they really want guidance and to do the right things.
In fact, they’ll return to you for more wisdom and advice providing they feel safe.
And trust me, millennial daughters appreciate greatly now being warned about false friends as children.
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