Everyone knows that life is hard, but for girls and women, it can sometimes be especially hard for us to get what we want in life (while still 100 percent getting it, thank you very much). Although my daughter is still small and hasn’t had to overcome any strenuous obstacles yet (besides the monkey bars at the playground), she’s going to realize soon enough that growing up isn’t easy. As her mother, I can’t hand over a rulebook for her to follow. All I can do is try to give her the tools she’ll need to make good decisions, while giving all my love and support along the way. There are some things that I want her to know about life as a woman, and I hope these lessons help mold her into the iron-willed, caring, strong woman she was meant to be.