The month of March marks the celebration of Women’s Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day, as recognized by the United Nations. The day commemorates working women and women's contributions to society.
While the commemoration originates from the struggles of women in history, from protesting low wages to the rights of working women, modern day celebrations around the world upholds gender equality. Women working is no longer a scenario that's out of the ordinary. And mothers and moms-to-be know this truth: women who work can also be found working in the home.
Scroll down to read their inspiring answers! Happy Women's Month, ladies!
Girl moms' secrets to raising strong, confident daughters
1. Bianca Gonzalez-Intal
“My wish is for my daughters to find and figure out what it is they love doing and want to do in life, that will allow them to be of service to others and to the world.”
2. Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla
“I am raising girls who are confident. Confident to know that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Putting them in good schools so that they can choose wisely and be confident with their chosen field knowing they are prepared and that they have the knowledge and skills for it.
"Yes, I am raising girls na maging magaling sila but I constantly remind them when things don’t go their way, it's okay, we can make it better tomorrow. Confident enough to make mistakes knowing they can still make it better.”
3. Nikka Garcia
“Be secure in who you are, my princesses! As I always remind you three, you are the daughters of our Abba Father! You are HIS! Believe that! You are so precious and loved more than you will ever know. Always and forever, mom will be right beside you, cheering you on the loudest because I am already so proud of you, my daughters, Michelle, Patrice and Pia!”
4. Andi Manzano-Reyes
“I’m raising my daughters to understand that their only limits are no limits. That they know they are capable of world changing achievements and that nothing is impossible as long as they put their hearts, minds and hard work into their efforts. That there is no cost in dreaming big. But at the same time always be humble and kind no matter where life takes them.”
5. Joy Tan-Chi-Mendoza
“I'm teaching my girls to be content and to practice a gratitude attitude. This means thanking God for what they look like, what their capacities are, what they have, and what they don't have.
"At the same time, I'm training them to avoid complacency. This means they should try their best and persevere when the task before them is tough or when they have a goal they aim to achieve and there is struggle involved. Hopefully, my girls will embrace their womanhood, but couple it with grit and resilience. And this comes from strength of character and a deep faith and trust in God's love, plans, and purpose for their lives.”
6. Dr. Rica Cruz, sex and relationships therapist, member of the Smart Parenting Board of Experts, mom of two girls
“I'm raising my daughters to be comfortable with who they are and whoever they may become. That they be confident in their abilities in the present but also embrace their vulnerabilities as part of themselves. That they be guided in freedom to build a path that is solely theirs to make and to take. That they be secure that in every step of the way, as long as fate allows, their parents will be crying, screaming, celebrating, and journeying with them.”
7. Anne Yap, stay-at-home mom of three girls
“Raising daughters at this time is quite challenging but I want them to grow knowing that life is so beautiful and precious despite the struggles and challenges. I am raising them also in a manner that they can adapt in every situation for them to overcome all the challenges that they will encounter.”
8. Debbie Berbenzana, real estate analyst and Smart Parenting Mom Squad
“I am raising my daughters to be strong independent women. I’m raising them to be passionate in the things they want to do and I support them in whatever they want to achieve in life. I’m raising them to set healthy boundaries and not to accept disrespect from anyone.”
9. Chrina Cuna Henson, adoption and foster care advocate, member of Smart Parenting Board of Experts
"I'm raising my daughters to be secure in knowing that they are beautifully made and capable of doing hard things. In a world where there is so much brokenness, my hope is that they would not shrink back--instead that they would be a light and source of strength for those around them. I want them to know that their gifts, strength, and talents are not meant purely for personal gain but to be poured out for the world around them."
How about you, Smart Parents? What will you tell your daughter today?
Read this letter from a dad raising three daughters.