Role models for our daughters.

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I’m thankful for the people God has put in our lives.

While we may not be able to learn from all of them, there will be a few that will stand out in character, speech and personality…

the ones that shine their light a little brighter.


 Role models for our daughters.


My daughter is blessed to have a wonderful role model in a close friend of the family. She has just begun college and is an exemplary student, a loving daughter and a supportive friend. The age difference has never stood in the way of their friendship and though my daughter says this girl is her BFF (Best Friend Forever), I know it’s much more than just an amazing friendship.

This young lady is a wonderful role model to my daughter too.

Pick your role models wisely

It isn’t easy for our girls to find great role models in the glam and glitz world. Fame and success aren’t determinant in making a young lady an exemplary role model. Her character and heart would be top of that list for me. It’s important we encourage our daughters to choose a role model whose life reflects Christ’s heart of love, whose words are chosen wisely, whose walk is faith driven and who excels in what she does, with determination and humility.

Two young ladies that fit that bill are Gabrielle Douglas and Bethany Hamilton.

Both make wonderful role models for my daughter.

And being the avid reader she is, Gabby Douglas’ book- Raising the Bar– and Bethany Hamilton’s  book- Body & Soul-, made perfect picks this summer.

Raising the Bar and Body & Soul

In Raising the Bar, Gabby invites the young reader into her life with introductions to her family, the foundation of her success (her faith in the LORD), her journey to the top and more. I love that she shares her heart openly and remembers at all times to give glory to the One to whom it is due. Gabby Douglas

Body & Soul, on the other hand, encourages your daughter to focus on a healthier lifestyle. One that has fitness included in ones daily routine. Bethany includes favorite healthy recipes and a breakdown on various get-fit-and-back-into-shape exercises.She encourages the young reader to look at the beauty God has created through their lives and to be confident in what He has done (and is doing) in and through them.

Bethany H

My daughter has been blessed to listen to both ladies in person.

We bumped into Bethany Hamilton while in Corpus Christi, while on holiday, and heard her share her testimony later that day in church

Bethany H

and were thrilled to learn that Gabby Douglas was the surprise guest of honor at Merida’s Coronation at Walt Disney World in 2010. (My daughter was stoked!)


I’m thankful for these young ladies and love that our girls can find inspiration through their lives.


What character trait, would you say, is important in a role model for young girls today?

About Marina

Marina is the grateful, Texas-based, Mommy of a book-loving, 9 year old daughter, a 5 year old son who loves all things that fly and a serene 1 year old daughter. Her husband (and best friend) is her biggest support as she shares snippets from the awesome life God has blessed them with on Mommy Snippets.

What tides her through each day?...A hot cup of cardamom chai and Philippians 4:13!


  1. 1

    These are good role models for girls – and, really, any person. They’re strong and confident and haven’t made headlines for anything scandalous.

  2. 2

    Those are such great role models for girls. There are so many traits that are important in role models but I think honesty, sincerity and compassion are definitely necessary.

  3. 3

    I think Bethany Hamilton is pretty darn amazing! I love all the motivational speaking she is doing now!

  4. 5

    It’s so important for girls to have good role models. There are so many BAD ones out there. There was a period of time when my six year old niece walked around dancing and singing about shaking her booty butt. My sister nipped that one in the bud quick!

  5. 6

    With all the emphasis on sexuality in the media these days, it’s more important than ever to find good role models for little girls. I remember when Madonna was risque. Now Nicki Minaj has an album cover of her dropping it low in a thong. Jeez…

  6. 7

    I think it’s VERY important to have GOOD role models for our daughters. I personally don’t have any daughters yet but my nieces feel like my own! There are so many bad role models out there, it’s good to see there are good people out there that they can look up to!

  7. 9

    It’s SO hard today! I remember looking up to Shannon Miller (I was a gymnast) and how wholesome she was and now it is hard to find any young woman who can be a good role model. Although, you have found 2 great ones! I am keeping those ladies in mind to share with my daughter as we move into the impressionable years!

  8. 12

    I do not have daughters. But I think a good trait to look for in a role model for young girls is confidence and self-esteem. As long as you believe in what you are capable of and that all you need is your self to achieve your goals and dreams you are set for life.

  9. 13

    Confidence, high self-esteem, and someone who knows their worth. I’d say those are great character traits for a good role model for young girls. Great post!

  10. 15

    These are great role models… It’s important to teach the girls Confidence and self-esteem.. thanks for a great post..

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    Angela S says:

    I think confidence and humility are good balancing traits. Empathy is really important too. Great post!

  12. 17

    SO important to have GOOD role models for little girls to look up to! This is a great way to teach young girls the important of real self esteem!

  13. 18

    They are great role models. It is so important for young ladies to have role models.

  14. 19

    Kids are so impressionable so I think it is Key to have great role models for them to look up to and feel encouraged!!!

  15. 20

    I think both of those ladies are great role models for young girls everywhere! How exciting you got to meet Bethany! She is an inspiration for all women young and old.

  16. 21

    Role models are definitely important in any child’s life. Gabby Douglas and Bethany Hamilton are wonderful ones!

  17. 22

    Gabby is a great role model! I saw her at Disney, and yes I cried at the coronation like a jerk! And I also met Gabby at a NY event, her story is so inspiring, she worked so hard to achieve so much at a young age!

  18. 23

    I have always thought that Gabby Douglas seems like a great role model. She’s so inspiring and she is so dedicated to what she does.

  19. 24

    I wish there were more role models out here for our kids to look up to.

  20. 25

    So important to have good role models for our kids. I’m thankful for the ones in my children’s lives.

  21. 26

    I still have my own role models and hope my children (4 and 2) find wonderful ones as they grow up, too. Confident, encouraging, and inspiring!

  22. 27

    That is such an amazing experience to get to see both those incredibly talented and inspirational woman in person! Having a good role model is definitely an important thing for any child regardless of their age.

  23. 28

    Such a great post. It is funny because my middle daughter just started looking up to this older girl on her swim team… I am totally okay with it as the older girl is sweet, polite, and has a great drive.

  24. 29

    I think that you have to show kids that it takes hard work for anything worthwhile. You have to teach them to not give up their dreams as well.

  25. 30

    Bethany Hamilton rocks! Not only for what she has been through but who she is and how she carries herself in this world makes her a fantastic role model for anyone, not just young girls.

  26. 31

    These are all awesome books. Such great role models for kids.

  27. 32

    These sound like great role models.It is so important for kids to have someone to look up to,Someone that is strong,trustworthy and is not getting in trouble for things.

  28. 33

    I definitely think it’s so important for our kids to have good role models. I am going to have to check those books out and give them to my daughter to read.

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    Maria Oller says:

    While I would love the whole package as a role model it might be hard, so I want some one who has some moral values in her life

  30. 35

    She is such a wonderful role model… I try my best to show my daughter the right way./

  31. 36

    There aren’t a lot of wholesome role models for girls – or boys – lately. My daughter is 16 and I would be hard pressed to name someone that she looks up to…

  32. 37

    I think honesty and integrity are disappearing in our culture. I would really like to see those character traits make a comeback.