Seven Things I Want To Tell My Daughter

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1. Study. Study hard. As clichéd as it sounds, your education is important. It may sound silly now, but trust me. In ten years time, when your working in a call centre, you’re going to wish you listened to your parents so that you could have a respectable job, a decent pay, and feel like you’re actually doing something mentally stimulating.

2. Choose your friends wisely. The people who may seem like your closest friends now, may not be in a few years. Be aware that the people who you meet up with every weekend and get drunk with currently, may not even be part of your life next year, let alone in five years. With this in mind, think about the priority you place on these people. On the flip side make sure that the friends you are confident are in for the long haul are given the time and respect that they deserve.

3. Choose your battles against me wisely. We are going to disagree, that is inevitable, and most of the time I will probably lay down the law and make you conform to my way of doing things. Naturally you may rebel and refuse to conform, forcing me to bend my ways, but make sure you only do this when you are sure that you are in the right. Don’t do it just when you think your way is probably the better way to do things, but only when you have analysed the situation, looked at it from all possible perspectives, and then are still certain that your way is the right way. If you choose to fight me on every issue, chances are that I will never bend, even when the issue is one that you truly believe in. So choose your battles wisely.

4. Don’t drink and drive. Ever. Don’t ever get in a car with a drunk driver. Ever. It doesn’t matter what time it is, or where you are, I will ALWAYS come and pick you up without giving you a lecture, or even asking any questions. Safety is paramount, don’t ever forget this.

5. Learn some life skills. Learn to cook, learn to do dishes, learn to do your own washing, hell, even learn to mow the lawn and change a tyre. Your parents aren’t going to be around for ever to do these things for you, and even if they are they won’t want to.

6. You are beautiful. It doesn’t matter what you think, or how you think you compare to the girl you believe to be the prettiest person in your class, the truth is that you are beautiful. You have to believe this. Nothing makes you more beautiful than self confidence (without showing arrogance), so love yourself, walk tall, head held high, and watch everything fall into place.

7. If a boy doesn’t want you, don’t beg. Maintain that self confidence I just told you about and walk away with dignity. There will always be someone that wants you, and you will want them back, and you will be perfect for each other. Begging for the boy who doesn’t want you will not achieve anything. You should never think that you can change their mind. They are entitled to their opinion and it is your duty to walk away.


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