I’ve read various renditions of blogs written by someone older to someone younger. Some are written by parents to their children, while others are written by adults to their younger selves if only they could go back in time and instill advice to avoid the pitfalls of growing up. All give insightful glimpses into lessons learned.
One of the most recent and inspiring that I’ve read is called Letters to All the Beautiful Little Girls – Part 1.
I mainly blog at night, once my three kids are settled down to bed and my mind is freed up to think.
Tonight, I won’t promise to solve all their problems. I’ll simply offer up these words of wisdom.
To my daughter:
1. I wish for you the kind of love that Rapunzel finds with Eugene Fitzherbert in Tangled. But, even more than that, I wish for you to know the feeling of loving life.
2. Don’t waste a single breath complaining about your body. The boys and friends who only pay attention to you for it, and not your heart and mind, aren’t worth impressing. I know that is so much easier to preach than to practice. Mom needs a reminder herself every now and then.
3. Learn to love your crazy hair. Consider it an outward symbol of all the wild, rebellious ideas you’ve got floating around in that head of yours.
4. If wearing a dress and matching hair bows is what makes you happy, I’ll do my best to help out. Just know that your mom sucks at fashion and has a hard time understanding why people care so much about what covers their bodies. (On a related note: bras are dumb but you must wear one.)
5. Know that I love telling you that you are my favorite daughter and hearing you say that I am your favorite mom. I realize these words will undoubtedly run away during your hormonal years, but I have faith they will inevitably return.
To my sons:
1. Never underestimate the power of prayer…or deodorant.
2. You have no idea how lucky you are to share a bedroom together. I know it causes you much stress and angst now, but there will be a day when you look up and realize that your loud, obnoxious brother isn’t there. And the silence will be deafening.
3. Don’t fall for the girl who tells or shows you why you should like her. You are both smart. The best things in life are those you have to work for, including the attention of a female.
4. Know that you can remain within boundaries while helping to define them. You will face multiple paths in life. Do what feels right with the knowledge that you won’t choose right every time. Don’t be afraid to fail or you may never fully realize how far you can go.
5. When you screw up, seek out your father. When you are lauded for your accomplishments, thank your mom. Kidding…I’ve got your back no matter what.
Created by Heidi Woodard
Another great post!
Thanks, Curt. Appreciate your nice feedback.
So lovely! And with your specific touch of laugh out loud humor. I heart this post and you!
Well, my friend, your feedback means a lot. I know how much you love your kiddos and can totally relate. Thanks for commenting.
I enjoy your posts ALL of the time. Thanks for sharing you.
Now, I’m not sure ALL of my posts are worthy of such praise, but I will take it and run with it anyway. Thanks. 😉
Such a great post, Heidi. Number 5 on your daughter’s list brought a big smile to my face. My mom and I used to say that to each other all the time. And you’re right, it started when I was little, it did go away for just a bit when I was a teenager, but it definitely returned and meant even more to both of us. 🙂
And I know you both meant it with all of your hearts (still do).