Watching her grow, having her beside me all this time and sharing so much together only made double value this amazing gift!!
I'm so proud and happy she is growing up and hopefully will blossom into a sweet lady, but I am not ready yet to let her go!! I don't think we can ever be ready anyways :(
What to teach my little angel, what to say to her, and how I can prepare her to be ready?
We can't possibly prepare them for everything but as parents, WE have many important life lessons to teach our daughters...The world has changed a lot & I hate to say it.....it is not as beautiful, compassionate or Humane as it was...and today's youngsters have many challenges ahead of them!!!
So here are some of the essential LIFE lessons to teach our daughters:
One of the most important lessons to teach your daughter is that she must value and LOVE herself and her body. She should feel that she is worth achieving good things.
Teach her to surround herself with beauty and goodness and all things that uplift her and fill her heart with joy....
Encourage her to leave no room in her life for darkness. Life is too precious for that.
2. BODY CONFIDENCE:
Show your daughter how to feel confident about her looks, and that she should be happy with what she has. She should not compare herself unfavourably to media images, or let mean comments affect her.
3. INTELLIGENCE OVER LOOKS:
Sadly these days girls are being bombarded with messages that try to sexualise them. Show Her that Her mind is a lot more important and will take her further in life. Intelligence lasts a lot longer than looks.
4. BE & BEFRIEND TRUE FRIENDS:
Teach her how to be a good friend – loyal, strong, compassionate, and not susceptible to drama or jealousy. Having a true Best Friend can be lifesaving and life-long – or fickle and false!!! Also...Teach her to surround herself with genuine people... The kind of people who have purpose in their lives and who avoid psychologically draining drama!!!
5. Teach her that her PARENTS will always be there to listen:
Let her know that her parents will always be her biggest fans. SO Be the kind of MUM that she will want to grow up into, and create the type of relationship where she will have confidence to share her heart with both of you or look for a relationship that is as good respectful and loving as her parent's relationship!
6. NOTHING COMES FREE...
Another really important lesson that we should teach to all our children, & not just the girls that it is essential to be capable of earning their own living. They should not expect anything to be given to them. Instead, they must learn to work for what they want.
However help your daughter to learn all about money matters, to be independent, and she will be better placed and cope with life's challenges.
7. TEACH HER that LEARNING & EDUCATING HERSELF is a MUST!
Encourage her to seek continuous education and to always have a desire to strengthen her gifts and talents. Whatever she picks as a skill, an openness to improving her mind will be of great benefit.
8. TEACH HER to FOLLOW HER DREAMS:
- Travel fearlessly
- Play an instrument
9. Teach her to Be: Determined - Consistent - Honest - Affectionate
10. Teach her NOT TO TRUST too QUICKLY!
To be SMART in her choices and judgments.... for unfortunately and no matter how OLD or skilled you get YOU might always end as a victim for TRUSTING / FALLING for the wrong type of people!!!
Here's an article: 25 Rules for Raising Daughters feel free to check it out for more inspiration!
As parents struggling in these days and times, we must EMPOWER our daughters to be strong enough to fight the unspoken messages about body images.
The important thing is to teach our daughters to be independent and confident.