We do our best as parents to teach our kids everything that they need to know to grow into good people. We have 18 short years to teach them everything we know so that they don’t make the same mistakes we’ve made. Then we pray that we haven’t forgotten anything.
Here is my advice for my daughters… Love, Dad.
- Love one another, even through the disagreements.
- Your family will always stand by you, no matter what.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
- Learn to say I’m sorry but make sure you mean it.
- Don’t judge yourself by the standard of others.
- Create your own definition of success.
- Set goals, achieve them and repeat.
- Don’t be afraid to jump in the driver’s seat.
- Play a group sport. You’ll cherish the memories and learn the power of teamwork.
- Know that everyone trips and falls and it’s ok. Just pick yourself up and keep going.
- Don’t live the life that’s expected of you, but live the life that is true to you.
- Strive to be a true leader in everything you do by having the confidence to stand alone and the courage to make the tough decisions.
- Always take the time and have compassion to listen to others.
- Perfect a silly dance and learn to laugh at yourself.
- Learn to cook and have a signature dish.
- Always clean up before you go to bed, so you will wake up and start the day in a clean home.
- Learn to love the skin you’re in.
- Pray in the morning when you wake, before every meal and before you fall asleep.
- Always tell the truth. Honesty is so important. A lie is a stone in your heart and soul.
- Never let a tragedy, circumstance or situation define you.
- Aim high. You can achieve anything you work hard enough for.
- Be kind to others. You never know what they might be going through.
- Always forgive, no matter how hard it may be.
- Give people an infinite number of reasons to love you.
- You may make mistakes, and that’s ok, just make sure you learn from them.
- Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something and don’t be afraid to prove them wrong.
- Never settle for anything less than what you know you deserve.
- Try to see the positive in every situation.
- Learn to love the differences in others and learn from them.
- Be as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside.
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Heather is the Mom of three and a marketing professional. She enjoys graphic design, writing, photography and making new memories with her family.