Parenting is one of the hardest jobs out there. Like most parents out there, I often find myself wishing that I could protect my girls from all the pitfalls that lay ahead. I am sure it’s not much different than what my own mother must have felt while watching my sister and I grow into young ladies. But, I must admit that it’s only now, that I am a parent of two young girls that I am I even starting to get a glimpse into the sheer panic that she must have felt. I remember thinking that my parents were too hard on us or that we were way too sheltered. I had lots of opinions on the best way to raise myself. My son now 18, almost 19 felt the same way, and, I’m sure my girls will too.
As a woman, I often think of what I could tell my own little girls that would help them to avoid some of the pain and heartache that I went through. Knowing all too well, that just because I tell them doesn’t necessarily mean that they will listen, and that they won’t have to find their own way. Over the years, I have started keeping a list of things to tell them, which eventually turned into a Pinterest Board on my Personal Page here. And, I am pretty sure that the list will get longer as they get older. My long term plan is to have these quotes and words of wisdom put into a small book that they can carry with them when they leave for college. Here are just a few of my favorites..
1. Be Yourself. An original is always worth more than a COPY.
2. If you can’t be kind, be quiet.
3. Don’t let someone dim your light, simply because it’s shining in their eyes.
4. Comparison is the thief of joy.
5. I hope you know, you are capable, brave and significant, even when you feel like you’re not.
6. Someone who is worthy of your love will never put you in a situation where you feel you must sacrifice your dignity, your integrity, or your self-worth to be with them.
7. Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.
8. Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the whole world is shouting “no”!
9. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should & let go of what you can’t change.
10. Beauty without Intelligence, is a masterpiece painted on a napkin.
I am sure there are things that you want to tell your little ones as they grow. What are your thoughts? Consider sharing your quotes or Words of Wisdom with us in the comment section below.