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Laugh Hard and Often: 22 Life Lessons For My Daughters

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I take this raising children gig very seriously. I have been thinking a lot about how I was raised — what I was taught, the values that were instilled in me, and which important lessons are worth passing on to my own children. I had a great childhood with a strong mom, a proud dad and siblings who love each other. I want that for my kids.

Though the basic lessons of wrong vs right, good vs bad apply to all my kids, there are certain things I really want my girls to know. No I’m not sexist, but let’s face it — life can be a littler harder for women sometimes (SAHM vs working mom, curvy vs skinny, breast or bottle? I could go on…).

I want my girls to grow up knowing how strong they are, how important they are to the world, and to never let anyone tell them otherwise.

I know I will make my girls aware of these lessons as they continue to grow, but should they ever forget, I want them to be able to look to this list and remember, no matter what happens to them in their lives, what their Mommy always told them:

  • You are more then ‘just’ your looks.
  • Positive self talk will get you further then negative.
  • Let go of ‘perfection’ and embrace the perfectly you.
  • Tell people you love them often, but always with heart.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • Always listen to and trust your instinct.
  • Don’t settle for ‘good enough’.
  • Give people a second chance, but never a third.
  • Take care of your body so it will take care of you.
  • Always try your best — at everything you do.
  • Don’t wait for things to happen – make them happen.
  • Marry someone who you can have comfortable silence with.
  • Don’t stop yourself from feeling what you’re feeling – acknowledge — don’t suppress.
  • Don’t let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do.
  • Say you’re sorry.
  • Don’t wish away your life — cherish even the small moments.
  • Learn and practice empathy.
  • Have friends of all different flavors —  they will broaden your life perspective.
  • Time does not always heal and some days the pain will seap through – that’s ok.
  • Laugh hard and often.
  • Learn how to manage your money —  it will save you in the long run.
  • Seek out a mentor in all areas of life — work, love, happiness.

:: What life lessons do you want for your daughters to learn? ::

Related: 12 Life Lessons for My Son

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