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Dear Little Me

If you had a chance to go back in time and give your younger self some advice for the future, what would you say?

I’ll let that sit there for a second while you ponder it ..

Your kids are that chance, by the way. The way we raise our kids is our way of righting our wrongs. It’s a way of making sure mistakes aren’t made twice.  Why do you think parents push kids so hard,  bubble wrap, and helicopter our kids?

Because our kids are the chance we have to do life over, and get it right. That’s why we try so hard.

I saw a wonderful photo on a Facebook page last week where someone had taken that desire we all have as parents and adults and turned it into a letter to her younger self as a way to set all that angst free.

Dear Little Me it was called, with the letter to her younger self written over top of a photo of the author as a child.

I’ve been thinking about my regrets lately as I look at my children and wonder how I would have done things differently, and how I can help them avoid my pitfalls.

I’m impatient, I haven’t planned the best, and I’ve been too focussed on short term results sometimes at the expense of longer term gains.

This post had impeccable timing for me. So, I decided to write “Little Me” a letter.

I found a picture of me at a Montreal Expos baseball game in the mid-70s and thought it was the perfect reminder to myself (and kids) that life is longer than just one at bat – it’s a full 9 innings. Take your time, find your swing, the home runs will come.

Dear Little Me

What would you write to your Little Me?

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