On raising strong girls…

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When Maddie, our oldest daughter, was born, I made a pact with Pete that we were going to raise strong girls. Girls that grew up knowing that they can become anything they dreamed of. I wanted them to be physically strong, but even more importantly… I wanted them to be mentally strong too!

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We talk often about what problems in the world they want to solve, not just what they want to have as a career. This form of thinking helps them see past what their options are today, because who knows if there’s a career that aligns with their current interests. Back in the 1980’s, my job didn’t exist. I want them to think beyond what they see as traditional jobs for today’s women, and instead think about what their passion is.

We also talk about women that are living their dreams and not only breaking old school gender myths, but that are also thinking big and working hard to better the world and be role models for our girls.

Jen Welter is one of our favorites.

Fitness is everything to Ashley, and she has cheered for and looked to Jen Welter as someone who is an example of everything she wants to be. Jen hasn’t stopped being strong. She understands the importance of hard work and getting an education. Dr. Jen Welter is not only the first female coach in the NFL, but she is also an alumna of Capella University with both a Master’s in Sport Psychology and a PhD in Psychology from Capella University.

She is the epitome of a strong female role model.

Jen credits her education from Capella University in helping her be able to bring a new perspective to NFL coaching by applying her Master’s and PhD in the field of psychology. Capella University’s professionally aligned education provided a direct path to reach her career goals, and the flexibility meant it could fit into her busy life.

My girls and I LOVE this Dr. Jen interview by Sam Gordon, girl football player and YouTube star.

It is so nice to see two strong females working together to spread the word that girls can do anything they put their minds too!

How do you encourage your girls to be strong?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University.

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Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger to make money at home so that they too can spend more time with their families.