25 Things I Want My Daughter to Know

AtoZ ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: D – Daughter





A little while ago, I read an article with a list of ten things to teach your daughter.

And that article got me thinking. There were some things that I agreed with, some things that I really agreed with, and some that I didn’t. And so I decided to write a list of my own:

  1. Don’t live your life to make someone else happy.
  2. You do not need a relationship to validate your existence.
  3. Don’t forget your friends, even when your lives take you in different directions.
  4. Don’t let others’ ideas of femininity dictate how you behave.
  5. You don’t need to explain yourself.
  6. Laugh and cry without limits once in a while.
  7. You can always tell me anything.
  8. You are not defined by your weight or body shape.
  9. You are capable of more than you think.
  10. Own your feelings and be true to them.
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  12. I will always listen.
  13. Don’t let difficult times cloud everything; look for the positive in each day.
  14. Take your opportunities to travel.
  15. Expect to be treated well; accept no less.
  16. Don’t settle for second best.
  17. Just because I wouldn’t like it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
  18. With makeup, less is more.
  19. Vote.
  20. Don’t be afraid to argue for what is right.
  21. Be fierce.
  22. Don’t change who you are in order to be accepted.
  23. Wear the clothes that you like to wear, not what fashion dictates.
  24. Sex is rarely just physical. Be true to yourself.
  25. Be outrageous once in a while.
  26. Be you.

Actually, now I’ve written this list, I want to retitle it – 25 Things I Want My Children to Know. This list goes equally well for my sons as it does for my daughter.

And how do you stop at 25? I want them to know that they are enough. I want to tell them not to be afraid to ask for help. To walk away rather than put time and energy into a relationship that isn’t right for them. 

I wanted to tell them it’s OK to take risks sometimes too, but I wasn’t sure how I could quantify that – I don’t want them to take ridiculous risks, but I don’t want their life to be stifled because they never take any risks.  They ought to do things from time to time that they don’t tell me about until afterwards. Just, not yet!


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12 comments on “25 Things I Want My Daughter to Know

  1. Visiting from A to Z! I agree with all the points… Beautifully summed up!

  2. Gemma Button on said:

    This is lovely! Everything you mentioned in the list of 25 is so important and only to often gets forgotten 🙂


  3. What a perfect list and wonderful advice for any daughter. Perfect “D” post.

  4. Great list. lovely.

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  5. I agree with all of the 25 points. I wish that someone had told me those things instead of having to learn things that hard way, such is life I guess! Great post! 😉

  6. Awesome! I agree that it could be for your sons as well as for your daughter!

  7. Excellent point very well made………… #sharewithme

  8. Grace says – Mummy thinks exactly the same and she always reminds of that its important to be me rather than pretend to be someone that I think people will like xx #sharewithme

  9. Absolutely amazing post and fantastic list there. I was nodding in agreement to all of it and thinking I need to someday share this list with my daughter as I don’t think I could have made one anywhere as good! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. It’s always great to get to read new blogs. Your blog is lovely here. Hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

  10. I particularly love 24 & 25 🙂

  11. What a great list –
    and a fantastic idea, too.
    It reminds us all, I’m sure, about what really matters in life.
    Thank you – so glad I found this post!
    I am sure that your children will look back at your blog and treasure it when they’re older.
    Emma 🙂

  12. What a beautiful post. Like you, my list could go on and on and on.
    x x

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