Heroes for My Daughter

Heroes for My Daughter

Share by Donna Vail

Do you ever want to give up? Does life seem too hard? Do you ever get discouraged and don’t know how your going to move forward? Do you ever wonder how you will guide your children to greatness when at times you don’t feel so great? Sometimes you can feel alone but we are never really alone but rather surrounded by others who are growing through challenges and finding the support life has to offer. You too can discover inspiration from others who have journeyed through life lessons, those who tell you about their challenges offering support through the stories of their struggles and achievements.

As I was on my weekly library trip I came across a beautiful book that does just that. It’s an inspiring collection of stories about heroes from whom our daughters can learn to lead a fulfilling and impactful life. The book is Heroes for My Daughter by Brad Meltzer. He has brought together stories of sixty remarkable people, a diverse set of individuals from across time and from all walks of life: artists and inventors, scientists and explorers, who each dedicated their life to making our world a better place.

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the rist is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” -Audrey Hepburn

The introduction is a letter to his daughter where he builds her in strength and love, “Women are not weaker. Read that again, Lila. Women are not weaker. They are just as strong, just as resolute, just as creative, and are filled with just as much potential as any man. Yes, as your father, my instinct is to protect you (like the first day with the nurses). Other people will want to protect you too. But remember that you are not a damsel in distress, waiting for some prince to rescue you. Forget the prince. With your brain and your resourcefulness, you can rescue yourself. And when you have your doubts –as we all inevitably do –you will have this book, full of people who were wracked with just as much fear, but who also found the internal strength to overcome it.”

This book is perfect for mothers and daughters to read and treasure together. If you have sons, check out Brad Meltzer’s first book: Heroes for My Son. The perfect book for fathers and sons to read together.

“When the first Superman movie came out, I was frequently asked, ‘What is a hero?’ My answer was that a hero is someone who commits a courageous action without considering the consequences…Now my definition is completely different. I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. They are the real heros, and so are the families and friends who have stood by them.” -Christopher Reeve








What books have you found particularly inspiring to share with your children? Who’s story has moved you to be a better you? Please share in a comment below.

About Donna Vail

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. You can find more of her resources at http://donnavailinternational.com

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