5 life lessons I hope my daughter never forgets

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Have a back bone

I wish I had a back bone. I wish I had the guts to say to someone ‘I really don’t appreciate the way you are talking to me’. I wish I had the guts to say ‘No, wait a minute, that’s not particularly fair’. I would love a back bone. Not to be mean or rude but to be frank and honest and to stick up for myself in situations that I let happen when they shouldn’t. It’s important, Daisy, that you know your worth, don’t become a door mat. If someone talks to you in a disrespectful manner, when you believe they shouldn’t, then tell them. Put your foot down and let everyone know that you are worth more. You have as much right to be spoken to politely as anyone else does. Don’t follow in my footsteps and accept anything less than you’re worth. You are worth the stars.

Be the kind one

No one likes a mean kid. Have a back bone, but don’t be horrible about it. Be the stranger that brightens up someones day by smiling and saying ‘good morning’. Those are the people I love to walk past in the street. Help the elderly lady with her shopping, offer up your seat on the bus. Smile to remind strangers that there are still lovely, beautiful and kind people in the world. Don’t moan about people behind their back, don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself. Genuinely, be the genuine one. People will respect and admire you for it.

Appreciate what you have in life 

Make the most out of what you have. No matter how rubbish you may feel, or how awful you think your life might be, there will always be someone worse off than you. If you have a roof over your head, food at the table and love around you then you have what you need to create the kind of life you aspire to lead. Remember the little things. Appreciate them and you will lead a happy and fulfilled life. Live mindfully – enjoy your morning cup of tea, sit and savour every little sip. Someone, somewhere, would kill for that cup of tea. For as long as you have me looking out for you, you’ll lead a comfortable life – all I ask in return is that you appreciate what it is you have.

Accept and love yourself for who you are

You are beautiful. Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different. Don’t ever believe anything less. It’s easy to compare and it’s easy to look in the mirror and want to change the way you look. But then you wouldn’t be you. Don’t listen to the other girls as school worrying that their bum is too big or their ears stick out too much. Don’t ever pull at your stomach and wish yourself any different. You are perfect in your own personal way. It sounds cliche – but it really isn’t about what’s on the outside. Be a kind human and please, please accept yourself; love and embrace who you are.

Don’t ever be ashamed

You are you. You will like what you like. You may be shy, you may be outgoing, you may be completely and utterly bonkers. But don’t ever be embarrassed or ashamed of something you can’t change. I used to worry everyday about being shy and a little bit of an introvert. But I find now that I embrace it instead. I love that I don’t need to say much, I love that I can stand back in a larger, louder crowd and listen to what others have to say, listen to their stories and their lives. I talk when I want or need to talk, I used to be embarrassed and I used to wish that I could be louder. I grew with confidence but I am still an introvert, I’m still quiet – but that’s just me. Don’t ever be ashamed for what you are, or what you believe in. You have the freedom to be who you want, like what you want and enjoy doing whatever it is you enjoy doing. The right people will be right beside you, respecting you and loving you for being you.

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  • Stacey says:

    She is the most adorable ballerina in the world! I love these life lessons. I also seth grows up to be able to stick up for himself but to also learn that being a gentleman about it gets you much further in life. We do our best and we hope for the best xxx

  • Charlotte Pearson says:

    To always be kind is something I tell my children all the time – and they all really are. Lovely and vital lessons here. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme – hope to see you again

  • Sarah says:

    Such a lovely post and some very good life lessons. The photos of Daisy are beautiful 🙂 #ShareWithMe

  • HonestMum says:

    Love this so much, lessons for us all-so important to accept and love yourself, work on your flaws but be yourself, unapologetically so and always be kind. Gorgeous post x

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