We are all different. There is no mystery about that. Our culture defines us in many ways, and we are proud of the heritage that has been passed down through generations of family lineage, nuclear and extended. Yet, sometimes our heritage, culture and difference can open the door to bullying by others that do not understand the enrichment of our lives that comes from our differences. Young girls are especially vulnerable to bullying during their pre-teen years and this can have dire consequences on their self-esteem and body image. As mothers, and once young teens ourselves, we can relate to the feelings of our non-acceptance and the desire to fit in. How do we let them know it’s alright to be different? How do we teach our daughters to celebrate and cherish the cultural differences that make them who they are? The answer can be found in tradition. It is tradition that we as mothers fall back on to comfort their fears. We celebrate the traditions that fulfill our souls and make us feel part of something bigger than ourselves. We keep tradition alive, to pass down to our daughters, and then to theirs. If we teach our children that tradition is an important part of our culture, and it is alright to be different, acceptance will be learned instead of indifference. Always remember to cherish your daughter’s differences, and let her know it will be ok. It is what makes her infinitely beautiful!