How to Raise Dangerous Daughters
Helping girls become the type of women that evil fears.
Our sons should grow up to be dangerous. I wrote that they are knights in training and their strengths should be honed so that evil has reasons to fear them.
But our daughters should also be dangerous.
Going back to the Psalm 127 passage that speaks of a man’s children as weapons:
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one's youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
This passage is not limited to sons. It includes all children. It’s easier to see our sons as weapons because many jump headlong into danger from an early age. Taming and directing that impulse is the great challenge of raising sons.
However, warfare requires more than weapons and soldiers. It also requires intelligence gathering, reconnaissance, barracks, fortifications, trainers, supplies, and logistics. Many battles have been lost because an army quartermaster was not up to the task or because there was a failure of communication.
Women are to be dangerous, but not in the same way as men. There is a type of feminine strength that is fearsome to behold.
“Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?”
Song of Songs 6:10
Woman is the glory of man, and as such, a Biblical woman makes possible her husband’s coronation as a king. She helps lift him up so that he might go and do battle. A kingdom, a city, a household with a Biblical queen on the ramparts is a beacon of strength to her king, and a terrible visage to her enemies.
So how do you raise daughters who grow up to be dangerous women? Here are 11 ways.