“My nose is running.”
“I can’t open this.”
A helpless victim.
“May I have a tissue, please?”
“May I have a snack, please?
“Mom, can you pass me a blanket?”
“Will you help me open this?
An assertive problem-solver.
For the past few months, I’ve been working with my second daughter on asking for what she needs, rather than stating the problem aloud with the hopes that someone will hear and fix the issue for her.
I’m lucky to raise my daughters during a time when women are encouraged to use their voice. If I don’t teach them early to speak up for what they need, how can I expect them to innately learn this later?
“I wish I got paid more.” becomes “Boss, here are the reasons I deserve a raise.”
“I wish my spouse paid more attention to me.” becomes “We need to talk.”
“I don’t know how to ______ (change a tire, write a resume, etc.) becomes “Will you teach me?”
“I wish I had more time for ____.” becomes “If it’s important enough, I will find a way.”
And oh, will she ever.
Happy 5th Birthday Harper Reese.