Saturday, August 17, 2013

50 Things I Want to Teach My Daughter

  1. Dumbing yourself down isn't cute. Embrace knowledge.
  2. Respect your body. You can't ask someone else to if you don't.
  3. Modest is hottest. 
  4. Be brave. Try new things and don't be afraid to fail.
  5. No matter what you do or where you go, your dad and I will always be here.
  6. Despite what the world tells you, a kiss is special. Save it for someone who believes that too.
  7. Don't tell someone that you love them until you're 100% sure you know what that means. Love is forever.
  8. Always admit when you're wrong. We learn from our mistakes.
  9. It's OK to have regrets. We learn from those too. 
  10. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  11. Be quick to give a smile. It could brighten someone's day.
  12. Always forgive. Nothing is unforgivable.
  13. Read lots and lots of books. Both for learning and for pleasure.
  14. Take school seriously. There will come a day when you'll wish you'd worked harder.
  15. Don't do things just because others are doing them. Be bold enough to go against the flow.
  16. Figure out why you believe what you say you believe in. Be ready to defend it to anyone that asks.
  17. Feelings are OK but they're also not a solid foundation for our choices. Use both your knowledge of right and wrong and your gut to determine your course of action.
  18. Never speak out of anger. Once something is said, it can't be unsaid.
  19. You have no idea what others are going through. Be kind.
  20. If your friends make fun of you for standing for what you believe is right, they're not your friends.
  21. Don't ever make a life decision based on a boy. 
  22. Also, don't let your emotions be determined by the relationship you're in. Find your joy in the fact that you're a child of God.
  23. We can't control what others do or say but we can control our own actions. 
  24. Love everyone without expecting anything in return.
  25. Always say thank you to those that extend help.
  26. Work hard and do everything to the best of your ability. As long as you give it your all, I'll be proud no matter what the outcome.
  27. Material things will come and go but happiness in life is your decision.
  28. No one is beneath you. Be humble.
  29. You're going to make mistakes; that's expected. Forgive yourself and move on.
  30. Find things that you enjoy doing and spend a lot of time doing them.
  31. When you are greeting someone, look them in the eye and give a firm handshake.
  32. Don't use your body and/or your looks to get attention. If someone doesn't like you without those things, they're not worth your time.
  33. It's OK if we don't see eye to eye. You don't have to be just like me.
  34. If someone points out a personality flaw in you, take a moment to step back and see if they're right. If they are, work hard to change it. If they're not, move on.
  35. Sometimes we have to do things in life that we don't want to do. Get over it.
  36. Be independent but don't be afraid to show your weaknesses. There is power and freedom in being honest and real.
  37. Good friends are hard to come by. When you find them, make time to keep them in your life.
  38. Don't live life out of fear. Make bold decisions and be confident enough to go higher. If you fall, it's OK. You'll always have a place to come back to.
  39. Think about the consequences of your actions before you make them. Don't make dumb decisions for instant gratification.
  40. "A wise man learns from his mistakes. An even wiser man learns from the mistakes of others."
  41. You are capable of doing hard things. The reward is worth the effort.
  42. You are beautiful. 
  43. Find pleasure in the little things.
  44. Develop the ability to laugh at yourself.
  45. Everyone in life has different abilities and talents. "Don't compare your outtakes to someone else's highlight reel"
  46. Don't stress. God will come through for you.
  47. Enjoy the outdoors. Nothing is more beautiful than God's handiwork.
  48. Guard your heart. There will come a day when a worthy man (that has been pre-approved by your father and me!) will ask for your hand in marriage. You'll want to be able to give him all of your heart and not just what's left of it.
  49. God has been gracious enough to give you an earthly body. Take care of it with discipline and self-control. Be respectful of the gift He's given you.
  50. Accept God's grace. We'll never earn it, live up to it, deserve it, or be able to repay it. That's OK. Love Him with your entire being and accept the gift of Jesus.

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