As My Girls Grow Up…A Mother’s Wish #KidsDreamingBig

Disclosure: I was chosen to be a Dream Kids Ambassador. This post is a part of a compensated campaign for African Pride’s Kids Dreaming Big Scholarship contest. As with all reviews and campaigns in which I have been compensated, all views expressed are my own.

#KidsDreamingBig MomsNCharge 2There are so many wishes I have for my children. But there’s a special bond between mother and son and mother and daughter. My girls are a reflection of me. While they have different personalities for the most part, I see a little bit of me in each of them. I wrote in my book about how we (my siblings and I) didn’t have close relationships with my parents growing up, simply because they repeated the cycle that they learned from their parents. I always knew that when I had girls, I wanted to create that close, mother-daughter bond that could never be broken.

Now that I have daughters of my own, I cherish the special bond that I share with each of them. I know how important it is to instill self-love and confidence at a young age, two things that I didn’t learn to embrace or even understand until just a few years ago. As my girls grow up, I want to continue to make sure that they embrace the beautiful, naturally curly, brown-skinned girls that they are. I want them to always look in the mirror and know that they’re beautiful (and trust me, they know it now). As my girls grow up, I want them to always feel the confidence to go up to another woman and tell her how beautiful she is, just like they do now with little girls they’ve never seen before when we go to the park.

If I never had anyone else to tell me how beautiful I was for the rest of my life, trust me, I’ll be okay because my girls got me covered. They tell me I’m beautiful when I’m wearing a bonnet and just waking up, or have my hair done and am dressed to the nines. They understand the true definition of beauty, and I want them to always carry that with them as they grow up.

As my girls grow up, I want them to remember the special moments we shared, whether it was putting braids and beads in their hair, or cooking together, or going to the kids’ spa. When they grow up, I want them to continue walking in their God-given confidence that they can be and do anything they set their minds to. I don’t want them to stop dreaming when they grow up. Rather, I want them to dream even bigger than they do now, as kids. I want them to look back on their childhood and wish they were kids again because they had so much fun, and because they felt empowered.

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African Pride’s first annual “Kids Dreaming Big” national scholarship contest encourages the next generation to believe in the beauty of their dreams, and provides a national platform to pursue them. How amazing is that?! The “Kids Dreaming Big” contest is opened to youth in grades 3 – 5, and Scholarship entry is February 2- March 15, 2015 with $3000.00 worth of scholarships offered. The African Pride Dream Kids and fred’s will also host a meet & greet with Cynthia Bailey and one of our lucky scholarship winners on Saturday, April 4th in Tunica, Mississippi.

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I’m truly excited to be a part of a campaign and organization that is committed to investing in the generation of our children. I hope that if you have children who are of age, you will encourage them to participate in this initiative, and share with your family and friends. Six winners will be chosen, and each awarded with a $500 scholarship.

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For more information about Dream Kids and the “Kids Dreaming Big” Scholarship, visit and

Comment below and share some of the fondest memories you have with your mom, or with your daughter(s).

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  • Adanna
    February 20, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    What a sweet post, it’s so awesome that your girls understand beauty in its truest form. I have similar dreams for my children as you so I can relate.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 21, 2015 at 2:03 AM

      I love that they understand at such a young age, which is by far more than I knew at their age LOL Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • T. Espinoza
    February 20, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Awww! I just came here for these seriously cute pictures LOL. I don’t have daughters, but I do know that I talk to my momma all the time and I wouldn’t trade our bond for anything.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2015 at 3:13 AM

      LOL that is too funny T, but thank you! I love my babies 🙂 I only hope my daughters say that about me when they get older!

  • Mimi - MimiCuteLips
    February 21, 2015 at 3:27 AM

    I love this, it is so important to instill these values into our girls at a young age. My daughter is only 3 but our bond means the world to me. I valued the bond I have with my mom.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2015 at 3:16 AM

      Thanks so much Mimi! I know exactly what you mean about the bond, no way to really describe it 🙂

  • Patrice M Foster
    February 21, 2015 at 3:43 AM

    Christine, Your girls are adorable. Its important to values at a early age so that they can become strong ladies. I talk to my mother everyday. Thanks for sharing.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2015 at 3:17 AM

      Thanks so much Patrice! That’s exactly what I wish for! They are already full of confidence and I want them to carry that into adulthood, for sure 🙂

  • Nicole
    February 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    This is a great post and cause! It’s so important to have a loving, close relationship with your mom. I’m grateful that I get to talk to mine as much as I do living on the other side of the world in Oman right now.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2015 at 3:18 AM

      Nicole that is amazing not only that you are halfway around the world but that you manage to keep that relationship close with your mom. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Julian B. Kiganda
    February 22, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Love this post! It's so important to encourage our daughters to walk in their shoes. Will have to get mine to enter this competition. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bernetta
    February 22, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Enjoyed reading about the love and bond you have with your daughters. I have a daughter and I feel the same way. I hug her, love on her and tell her how beautiful she is on a daily basis!! You are so right about it.
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    • Christine St.Vil
      February 23, 2015 at 12:12 AM

      Thanks so much for sharing Bernetta! So I know you know exactly how I feel! It truly does warm my heart 🙂

  • Christine St.Vil
    February 23, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    I agree Julian! And yes, please do get her in 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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