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? ::
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