Daughters are always special, aren’t they? They look up to you for love, light, and guidance and always try to be the best possible people. As a parent, you will want them to be happy, successful, and content. So, from a parent’s point of view, there are a few lessons you can give your daughters to help them have a good and fulfilling life.
I’d like to give a gift to my daughters. I want to give them 18 little light bulbs to illuminate their journey…
1. Don’t strive to be popular, settle for being yourself, settle into yourself.
Over the years, I’ve learned that popular people are the most insecure. The popular girl or boy surrounds him or herself with others to hide from their own insecurities. When you settle for yourself, you will never settle for anyone who is not themselves.
2. Eat your dessert every day.
Every day, have a treat. Not as a reward, but as a privilege. It is an honor to taste, to enjoy, to salivate and dance with sweetness. Don’t deny yourself this privilege. You have a mouth, you have taste buds—use them.
Want to know more about what lessons you can give your daughters? Read 7 Things You Need To Teach Your Children About Love And Life
3. Say ‘No’ at least once a day.
Don’t be a people pleaser. You can’t do everything and you can’t please everyone, so say, No. By saying no, you are respecting yourself and your energy. Trust me, people will respect you more because when you do say yes, you will mean it. No one will ever question your presence or intention.
4. Never feel guilty for moving away from me, for traveling or going on an adventure.
I want you to leave me, to travel far away and only send a postcard once in a while. I didn’t birth you to burden you. I birthed you to release you. My love is here whether you are two feet from me, or 20,000 miles away, go be you.
5. Know that you are absolutely right when you think that the calculus class you are taking is boring…and is information you will never use in real life.
You are right, yet understand that the patience you cultivate when sitting through the class, and the discipline you strengthen to solve the problem, will be the foundation that will allow you to persevere through every challenge and experience in life.
6. Please don’t wait until marriage to have sex.
Just wait until you meet someone who makes you smile, makes you laugh, respects you (as your father does), holds your hand, and isn’t afraid to cry in front of you.
Looking to know more about lessons for daughters? Read What Every Father MUST Tell Their Daughter About Love and Relationships
7. If you go shopping and you like something, don’t buy it right then.
Put it on hold. Go about your day, go to sleep, and the next day if you are still thinking of it, buy it.
8. Choose something to have faith in.
If you have faith, you have hope, and when you have hope you always find a way. When you see a way, you never give up.
9. Listen to the whisper, the churn in your belly, and the goosebumps on your arms.
Those sensations are not sensations at all, they are you speaking. Don’t listen to the second voice, that is just doubt, and definitely don’t listen to the third voice, that is just someone else’s opinion. Always and only trust yourself.
10. Cut your hair short at least once, it will free you.
Trust me, having short hair is a blessing in itself. You will get to get out of your comfort zone and also have fun.
11. Find Your Yoga.
I don’t care if you ever do a down dog in your entire life, just find something that calms your mind and devote yourself to it. Find something that keeps your mind and body connected, healthy, and working together, because, in the times when everything else seems disconnected, it will keep you centered and grounded.