I love a good, strong, female character—and I love her even more when she’s the main draw to a story that my daughters want to read again and again and again. Since I know plenty of moms who audibly groan every time their kid grabs one of those licensed character books at bedtime, I thought I’d put together a selection of my favorite books with bad ass girl characters. Some of them are princesses, others are seemingly average girls with fantastically fierce personalities.
Warning: reading these stories regularly may result in raising strong-willed, opinionated girls who are feisty as hell and not so easy to raise. But they’ll grow into girls who will stand up for what they believe in and who will refuse to be pushed around. And I’m totally ok with that.
I have to tell you, I love Chrissy Teigen. From shutting down mom shaming trolls on Twitter again and again to being a completely unapologetic goofball, she is my kind of girl. I mean, how can you not love someone who constantly finds herself turned into a meme and always manages to laugh it off? She doesn’t take herself too seriously and I love that about her.
Aside from the whole “I’m a model and married to John Legend” thing, she’s also really, really easy to relate to—especially since becoming a mom.
Take her night at the Oscars, for instance.
Chrissy started the night off by presenting her daughter with an Oscar while she was getting ready. Because moms always think their kids are just about the best at everything.
With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, moms everywhere are in the thick of the parental guilt zone. Should you buy those cheap and easy perforated cards from the store and risk being the only Lazy Mom in the class? Or should you spend hours handcrafting delightfully creative expressions of little Suzy’s personality and miss out on sleep for a week? Is there a middle ground?
If you’re like me, you’ll be right in the middle of one completely unnecessary guilt bubble when another bobs to the surface: what the hell am I doing for my husband?!
To entertain myself and fight off any tiny urge to spend hours crafting valentines that kids will immediately throw out, I came up with some brutally honest valentines for parents. You’re welcome.
The millions of people who took to the streets all over the world this weekend in a show of solidarity for women’s rights (and, really, human rights) left me feeling energized and incredibly inspired. The fact that the Women’s March protests were peaceful and charged with positivity makes them even more powerful.
I got lost in the deepest depths of the internet looking at photos from marches all over the world and had to share some of my favorites. While there were plenty of giggle-inducing jabs at Donald Trump, I decided to leave them out (well, except for the Supergirl one which doesn’t make fun of him as much as confront him). I truly believe that not resorting to spewing hate and name calling makes the message so much stronger.
Like Michelle Obama said “When they go low, we go high.”
20 of the best signs from the Women’s March
Some women feel like they’re ready. Others try for years before they get pregnant or before an adoption becomes final. None of these were my experience. In fact, I couldn’t have been less ready or more surprised to become a mom.
Here’s the thing though: we all have completely different, one hundred percent unique experiences when it comes to becoming a mother.
Somehow though, we’re always fed the same narrative:
Girl meets man of her dreams.
Man pops the question.
Girl gets married.
Girl gets pregnant.
Girl, man and child live happily ever after. The end.
But life doesn’t follow a script. In fact, it doesn’t give a shit about your script. Your script is actually a fantasy and life will do whatever the hell it wants with you. It’s your job to roll with the punches.
It’s just really scary to roll with the punches when that punch happens to be a brand new life that you’re in charge of.
I’m sharing my story of becoming a mom (and all of the fears that went along with it) on Glamamom today. If you like it, please share it—especially with new or soon-to-be moms who might not realize we were all terrified once.
What scared (or scares) you about becoming a mom?