Things I want my daughter to know

As Ally is getting a little older, I’ve been thinking about a few things I want her to know, things I want ingrained in her. Indulge me a little.

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Dear Ally,

Don’t let someone else decide your worth. You are a daughter of the King. No one can take that away from you. You are smart, talented, beautiful, funny, strong, so many words can be used to describe you. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Girlfriends are so important, don’t take them for granted. Likewise, don’t let them take you for granted. It takes work to maintain a friendship. Your girlfriends are your best friends. They come from all walks of life, from school, church, sports, your future workplace.

There will come a time when you realize your parents weren’t so dumb after all. It’s ok, we accept your apology. We thought our parents were dumb too. Just try and not roll your eyes every time we say something. We will all be much happier!

There are things your dad and I will always say no to. Don’t try asking again.

You will get your heart broken more than once. It happens. It’s what boys do. But you will find the one that God has put on earth for you. Just trust that and know that your dad and I are praying for him.

Try lots of things: food, sports, clothes, travel as much as you can. Find your style and be you. Find the thing you love to do and give it your all.

Be kind. Be generous.

Tell the people you love, that you love them, every day.

Ally

What would you tell your son or daughter?

Any advice for a mom to a 12 year old?

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Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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12 comments to Things I want my daughter to know

  1. Mitzi says:

    Love it.

  2. I have a three year old so I don’t have any experience to offer up for a teenager! But, this post is beautiful and offers so many powerful life lessons. Well done mom!

  3. lorahogan says:

    This is so beautiful! Someday when I have a daughter, I will be sure to give her such wonderful advice and reassurance!! :D

  4. Lisa T says:

    Love that Sarah!!!!!!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I wrote a similar post with 21 tips of advice for my daughter’s 21st birthday. http://sublimereflection.com/happy-birthday-and-some-motherly-advice/

    Loved your ideas and your daughter is beautiful!

  6. So beautiful – and so true. I have a 2-year-old daughter and I can hope to offer her the same advice and guidance as she approaches her teen years. Thanks for sharing ;)

  7. What a touching message.

  8. Rosi says:

    I have read a couple of posts about what mom’s want their daughters to know and now having a daughter (9 months) it really makes me think. I think your post is so sweet and I hope your daughter truly appreciates it although that may take a while. Thank you for sharing. :)

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