Raising Strong Girls: 55 Things I want my daughters to know
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55 Things I Want My Daughters To Know

Watching my daughters develop both physically and mentally this past year has been such a privilege. They do something new every hour, which either has me impressed, surprised, irritated, or laughing. And, though there are situations where they leave me walking away pulling my hair out, I realize more and more every day that this is the easy part. Growing up is hard, and there is so much I want my daughters to know that, I believe, will lead them to a healthy and happy life.

Even though this list will never be complete, I wanted to put together a few things that I wish for my daughters to know as they grow into women. This is more of a personal reminder to myself, but I thought I would share for anyone else who has similar thoughts.

55 Things I Want My Daughters To Know

  1. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
  2. The “good life” isn’t easy to come by…but it doesn’t have to be hard either.
  3. You don’t have to have it “figured out” by the time you finish high school.
  4. There is so much potential within you.
  5. “Above all else, have courage and be kind.”
  6. You are not the product of someone else’s expectations.
  7. Though you are beautiful, that is not your only worth…nor is it the most important. Everyone is beautiful in their own way.
  8. Homemaking is NOT the woman’s job…but it isn’t a shameful job either.
  9. “You are so much sunshine to the square inch. “
  10. You are not required to be “lady-like.”
  11. Be yourself, but be respectful of other people in the process.
  12. Don’t ever be afraid to speak up.
  13. Find enjoyment in dancing and singing…even if you aren’t very good at it. And yes, clapping and swaying is a form of dance 😉
  14. Don’t get so attached to material items.
  15. Not only is it okay, but it is admirable to know when to ask for help. It took me a long time to learn that.
  16. Eating good, healthy food is a must for a long, happy life, but the occasional junk food splurge isn’t going to kill you.
  17. Find that one movie that you can watch over and over again. It’s such a cheap form of therapy.
  18. Educating yourself is a lifelong journey. College degrees may help you reach career goals, but they aren’t the end goal…and they aren’t a requirement for success either.
  19. Not wanting kids does NOT make you any less of a woman.
  20. Don’t spend your life sugar coating things for other people. Speaking your mind isn’t rude if you speak from a place of respect. Be honest and blunt…never rude.
  21. Picking up after yourself is a must. Don’t walk around leaving messes for others to handle. That goes for all aspects of your life.
  22. Having one amazing friend will always be better than having 20 mediocre friends.
  23. Just because you don’t understand something, doesn’t mean you’re dumb. Everyone’s brain is wired differently.
  24. Credit is a dangerous game. Everyone will tell you this, but you won’t really get it until you experience it yourself.
  25. I want you to live an amazing and adventurous life…but I also want to lock you in a cushioned box. Please remember this in the future when we disagree on life decisions.
  26. Working harder to get it done right the first time is always the better choice.
  27. A good laugh can change your entire day.
  28. The world is cruel, but it is also kind. It just depends on where you look.
  29. Soda is evil, yet addicting.
  30. Spending time in nature is always beneficial.
  31. You do not owe someone your loyalty just because they are family.
  32. You will always find adventure within a book.
  33. Be respectful of other people’s’ suffering. Just because it isn’t visible, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
  34. Getting enough sleep is important, but don’t get into the habit of sleeping your day away.
  35. Busy and productive are NOT the same thing. Once you learn this, your life will become so much easier.
  36. You don’t have to be “fit,” but a little exercise is good for anyone.
  37. Take some time each day to be silly; it will keep your mind young.
  38. Everyone has their asshole moments, give them a chance to move past it. If they are consistently an asshole, you don’t need them in your life.
  39. Mistakes are learning opportunities. You only fail if you learn nothing from it.
  40. Spirituality is unique to each person. Don’t let someone put you down or try to control you because your beliefs don’t match theirs.
  41. Don’t liter. The Earth is your home, plus it’s really just lazy and rude.
  42. Remember your wildness as you get older. Don’t let the world take it from you.
  43. A good portion of the humans in this world get a period. It’s not gross, and you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it.
  44. Kindness, laughter, and authenticity are some of the most important things. Sprinkle that shit everywhere.
  45. Take time to look up at a full moon.
  46. Tanning beds are pure evil. Seriously, you are redheaded and fair-skinned, stay away from those things!
  47. Truly listen to people when they are speaking on something they are passionate about. This is the purest form of ecstasy.
  48. If you can buy it local or handmade, do it.
  49. Learn to appreciate the drive. On some of our grandest adventures, the drive was the most memorable part.
  50. Love your sister, and I don’t just mean the one you were born with. Align with the women in your life. Treat them with love and respect and expect it in return.
  51. There will come a time when you are too much for someone to handle. Don’t dim your flame because it burns too hot for others to bare. Show the world that you can breathe fire, and then teach them to do the same.
  52. “To plant a garden is to plan for the future.” So plant new seeds every day. Water them, watch them blossom and then repeat the process.
  53. You are both in a rapid state of growth right now. Every morning you wake up, ready to soak in new experiences and learn from them. Don’t lose that.
  54. Never give up the fight. I am afraid that the world is more malicious than it is kind. I am worried that things have been set in motion that can’t be undone and that your generation will pay for it. But, as a great man once said, “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”
  55. Speaking of, make sure you read some of the classic novels. They hold advice that one can only get from reading a book.

 

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Raising Strong Girls: 55 things I want my daughters to know. 

Growing up is hard, and there is so much I want my daughters to know that, I believe, will lead them to a healthy and happy life.

Even though this list will never be complete, I wanted to put together a few things that I wish for my daughters to know as they grow into women. | PNW Pixie

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