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How Mothers Influence their Daughters



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A mother's influence has a significant impact on her daughter's self-image. Daughters tend to mirror their mothers in many aspects of life. For instance, mothers help mold their daughters self-confidence and self-esteem. A mother can also influence her daughter's self-image by influencing her attitude, personality, ethical and moral values,

spirituality, level of motivation, career/educational choices, and even personal relationships that she will have in her life. Because a mother is her daughter's first teacher, her influence will leave a lasting impression on her daughter. However, a mother's influence can have a positive effect or a negative effect on her daughter's self-image. Therefore, it is extremely important that mothers are aware of the levels of influence that they have over their daughters' self-image.

Moreover, a mother's influence is the blueprint or foundation of the daughter who will eventually grow into a woman. For instance, a mother's influence will have a significant impact upon her daughter's self-confidence and self-esteem. A daughter typically looks to her mother for straight-forward advice about everyday issues. It is important for a mother to be very mindful of how she communicates with her daughter. She should communicate openly and honestly with her daughter, however, she should present information to her in a way that is not harmful to her self-confidence and self-esteem. A mother's interactions with her daughter is the single most important thing in her life. Moreover, a daughter's emotional well-being is influenced by her relationship with her mother. Often times, we hear of young girls who lack the influence of a mother in their lives due to death or other issues. Although she may grow up with a mother figure in her life, this person may not have the level of influence on her life that her mother will have.

A mother can also influence her daughter's attitude, personality, ethical and moral values, spirituality, level of motivation, career/educational choices, and even personal relationships. A mother who exhibits a positive attitude and a positive outlook in life will typically influence her daughter's perspective or outlook about life. Because attitude is a significant factor in a person's life, it is important that mothers strive to influence their daughters in a positive manner. Attitude and personality are usually used interchangeably, therefore, they are as equally important, and they are developed early in a daughter's life. Nonetheless, personality traits can also be inherited from either parent.

A mother also has strong influence over her daughter's ethical and moral values. Because a daughter learns these values from her mother, it is important that a mother is mindful of the examples she sets for her daughter. This can include: personal relationships, professional relationships, and even non-personal relationships.

Furthermore, a mother has a significant influence over her daughter's spiritual development as well. A daughter will learn from her mother's religious/ spiritual beliefs, and therefore, follow her mother's choices or spiritual beliefs. A mother's activity or inactivity will have a significant impact upon her daughter's spiritual/religious development. Although many typically avoid the topic of religion, it should be addressed when discussing how a mother's influence helps a daughter's self-image. Because religion/spiritual development is a contributing factor to a daughter's self-image, it should be addressed when discussing the level of influence a mother has upon her daughter's life. This is the area in a daughter's life where she learns to make responsible choices, and if this aspect of her life is incomplete, she may not develop into the woman who God created her to be.

A mother's influence also helps a daughter's self-image by influencing her daughter's level of motivation and career choices. Because most daughters often imitate their mothers, they often choose similar career paths as their mothers. It is important for mothers to understand the level of influence she has on her daughter's motivation and career choices. A mother who exhibits a strong level of motivation, will influence her daughter to become highly motivated as well. As stated earlier, a mother is her daughter's first teacher, therefore, she should lead by example. A daughter who learns to be highly motivated will have a more successful life, whereas, a daughter who lacks motivation will be ill-prepared to handle many of life's circumstances.

In summary, a mother's influence has a significant impact upon her daughter's self-image. Moreover, daughters tend to mirror their mothers in many aspects of life to include: Attitude and personality, ethical and moral values, motivation or lack of motivation, personal/professional development, spirituality or lack of spirituality, career/educational choices, and even personal relationships. Because a mother is her daughter's first teacher, it is extremely important for her to be mindful of the examples she sets for her daughter. Moreover, a mother should know that her influences, whether they are positive or negative, will have lingering effects upon her daughter's overall development. Finally, it is important that mothers are aware of the high degree of influence they have on their daughter's lives. Therefore, mothers should strive to lead by example because, after all, you are your daughter's first teacher.

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