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  • Writer's pictureAmy L. Sullivan

Strong Girls Can: A Summer Series for Moms and Daughters

Recently, a friend told me I have six more summers with my daughter. Six. Six summers until we are outfitting my girl’s dorm room. Six summers until the world calls her an adult. Six summers until my daughter no longer bounces around our house chomping on sour cream and chive potato chips. Six.


How can this be? I just delivered the girl last week. Last week, I gave birth, and the doctors and nurses told my husband and I we could take our baby home from the hospital. We thought this was an insane idea. I mean, hello, we just met the kid, and we didn’t know anything about babies. We put our girl in a very uncomfortable (but extremely adorable) outfit. We fumbled with the dreaded, fifty pound bucket seat, and then we slowly drove forty-five miles an hour and headed home.

“What are we supposed to do now?” I wondered aloud. My husband shrugged, and we decided to go to Burger King (?). I ordered onion rings, and that is the last thing I remember, onion rings.

Now, I only have six more summers with my beauty, the one who is all legs and full of endless stories and high-pitched giggles. The one who forces me to open my eyes wide and sip each day slowly.

And it was this thought which prompted me to think about our summer series, Strong Girls Can.

Our family has loads of unscheduled summer lounging in our future (trust me, we dominate spending time together in a nonstructured way), but I also want to be intentional with my girl. Therefore, every Monday from now through mid-August, we are going to talk about our girls, and I’d love for you to join us.

Extreme goodness including an essay contest for tweens and teens, special guest interviews, free girly loot, product and book reviews, and photo challenges is all planned.

So what do you say? Are you in? Fingers crossed, fingers crossed.

My prayer is the conversations we start here trickle down into the conversations you have with your girl.

Participation is easy. Just show up here each Monday.

Ready? Let’s do this.

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To kick-off our series, my girl and I made this list for you. It is a list promoting independence and adventure. This list longs to hang on your refrigerator. Go ahead, and take down the school lunch menu, and you will have the perfect spot for it (scroll down, and you can print it off because it is also a snazzy printable). This list contains 88 acts of adventure and independence for girls. It lists perfect ways to spend time together, starting points for conversations, ideas for battling the beast of boredom, and reminders for our girls to play hard. Plus, if your girl is anything like mine, she loves a good checklist, and her little adventurous self can check off items as she goes.

  1. Understand how-to use a circuit breaker

  2. Learn to code

  3. Tread water

  4. Determine if someone has a fever

  5. Identify editable flowers

  6. Read a book in one day

  7. Catch a baseball

  8. Make a slingshot

  9. Rock climb

  10. Design a website

  11. Identify local trees

  12. Iron

  13. Create an outdoor fort

  14. Check the oil in a car

  15. Throw a Frisbee

  16. Memorize Scripture

  17. Throw a baseball

  18. Sew a button

  19. Make an obstacle course

  20. Play jacks

  21. Paddleboard

  22. Understand how-to consume information online (in a healthy way!)

  23. Design a kite that really flies

  24. Make jam

  25. Mow the grass

  26. Learn to use a hammer

  27. Catch a frog

  28. Complete a 1000 piece puzzle

  29. Climb a tree

  30. Run a 5K

  31. Drive a boat

  32. Make bread

  33. Volunteer

  34. Bake a cake from scratch

  35. Grow vegetables

  36. Learn two jump rope songs

  37. Build a zipline

  38. Play football

  39. Come up with a catchphrase

  40. Build a fire

  41. Learn how-to mind map

  42. Kayak

  43. Say no

  44. Learn a new languag

  45. Chop wood

  46. Sew curtains

  47. Make a candle

  48. Put a chain on a bicycle

  49. Pitch a tent

  50. Paint a room

  51. Create a budget

  52. Reupholster a chair

  53. Study bees

  54. Use a rope swing to jump into a lake

  55. Write a poem

  56. Read a map

  57. Handwrite a two-page letter

  58. Learn basic substitutions for cooking

  59. Learn how-to treat minor burns

  60. Start a rock collection

  61. Invent something new

  62. Take a class

  63. Do a handstand in the lake

  64. Learn to ride a horse

  65. Stand up for a friend

  66. Play a musical instrument

  67. Treat a minor cut

  68. Learn to skateboard

  69. Identify poison ivy

  70. Hang a swing in a tree

  71. Put a chain back on a bike

  72. Read a book over 100 years old

  73. Inflate a flat bike tire

  74. Cook over a campfire

  75. Speak in front of a group

  76. Ride a bike no-handed

  77. Write a book

  78. Jump a car

  79. Play hopscotch

  80. Design a video game

  81. Attend a rally

  82. Ride a skateboard

  83. Hike a mountain

  84. Read the Bible

  85. Try out for something

  86. Ask for help when you need it

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Should you want a copy of our list, ’tis yours (Strong Girls Can: 88 Acts of Independence and Adventure). Should you want to create your own Strong Girls Can list, do it!

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I will see you next Monday, friends.

Until then, keep me posted on strong girl happenings in your house.

Share photos of what your strong girl is up to (or have her share them) via social media or email me pics at Make sure to tag me and use the hashtags #StrongGirlsCan and #RaisingGirls. Here’s to summer, strong moms, and strong girls!

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Pssst. Let’s connect via FB and Instagram.

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