Things I want my daughter to know

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Since finding out on Christmas day that we will be having a daughter, I have had a lot of things on my mind. I feel an extra amount of pressure being the mother of a daughter. Extra responsibility to teach her things and to be a good role model for her. Sure I felt pressure with my son too, to be a good mum and role model but with my girl the pressure feels more and different.

Here is a list of things I want my daughter to know:

1 You are beautiful: Do not let anyone tell you otherwise and DO NOT get caught in what the world perceives as beautiful. A beautiful heart lasts a lifetime. Outer beauty fades.

2 Look for the good in others: Always look for the good in everyone you meet. It might be hard to find, but it is there.

3 Self confidence: You have a voice and it is important that you let your voice be heard. Speak up about things that are important to you or that bothers you. And know you can always talk to me about anything. On the flip side it is also important to know when it is best not say anything.

4 Your body is special and beautiful just the way it is: Celebrate the body you have. It is unique and beautiful. I promise to work hard on this self acceptance too and to show you how to take care of your body.

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5 Do things that make you happy: Don’t worry about what other people think of you. Your opinion of yourself is more important than theirs.

6 Take every opportunity you can to travel: Traveling will teach you many things about yourself and give you a new appreciation of life.

7 Read as much as you can.

8 Believe in yourself: You can do anything you set your mind too.

9 Know that you will always be loved: No matter what happens, we will always be there for you.

10 Try new things: Don’t let fear hold you back from trying things. Because by trying things that scare us we grow and learn more about ourselves.

What would you add to this list?

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