Kipling’s If, for Daughters

by Kathy on February 6, 2014 in Faithfulness, Home Culture, Homemaking, Quotes, Self-control, Servanthood

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Kipling’s poem IF is a favorite of mine!  It so eloquently outlines the character of a man, the character that proves a boy has become a man.

My daughter Olivia, took Kipling’s poem and rewrote it  as an encouragement for girls to move forward into womanhood. As as an older woman, it is a good reminder to me to be mature in my behavior and how I react to situations.


If you can never marry,
see all your dreams rearranged,
and still remain pure,

If you can plan and plot
and it all be overturned at a moments notice,
and still submit joyfully,

If you can slave over a dinner all day
only to have a child snub it
then rise again the next day and start all over again,

If you can sweep, mop, dust and scrub,
and watch as a your family walks through with boots and dirty hands
and welcome them home,

If you can teach the same math lesson one hundred times,
only for the child to still not get it,
and return tomorrow and try again,

If you can pour your life into a child,
and they turn on you when they turn 15,
and bear no bitterness,

If you can absorb the troubles around you,
take in the worn and weary,
and never be praised,

If you can remain calm,
while everyone around you gives in to the chaos,

If you can hold the child who got hurt,
doing something you told him not to,

If you can walk through the trials of life
and cling all the closer to God,

Then, then my daughter, you will be a woman.

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Kathy Brodock, is the wife of Jeff Brodock, and mother of seven children, three of whom are adopted. She is a homeschool veteran of over 20 years and is an author and video producer. She also enjoys the fiber arts of quilting and crocheting, along with the culinary arts of cake decorating and catering. But her heart is truly one of a wife, mother and homemaker. Her home on the web is

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Shelly February 6, 2014

That’s beautiful and a good reminder for us all! Thank you for sharing.

Sherry February 6, 2014

I was so glad to read this; we have loved the Kipling poem for years, and I have wanted to see something similar for women. Kudos to your daughter!

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