Being a mother is a beautiful, challenging and unique experience. This year I celebrated my second Mother’s Day, and with each passing year, I start to think more about the values and life lessons I want to instill in my daughter. I know first hand, how the influences of society can impact a young girl’s self-esteem and view of themselves.
With social media, magazines and influential advertisements, I can’t imagine the kinds of societal pressures that young girls face today and will face in the future. Despite these societal pressures, I want my daughter to always remember these important lessons that I’ve learned throughout my life.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
The words we speak have so much power in our lives and affects us mentally, spiritually, and physically. Choose your words wisely and try not speak negatively about your perceived flaws, but to be kind to yourself and give yourself some grace.
Always Do Your Best…and accept that it is good enough.
Life isn’t perfect, and neither are you, and that in itself is perfectly imperfect. Even if things don’t turn out as planned, your mistakes and shortfalls allow you opportunities to learn and grow. Every day is a new beginning.
You Are Beautiful Just The Way You Are
You are beautifully and wonderfully made and there are so many people that love and accept you just the way you are. Know that beauty is found in not just your physical appearance or the number on the scale but in your kindness, your smile, and all of those special qualities that make you who you are.
It is my hope that these lessons that I share with my daughter will help her have a positive view of herself and her outlook on life. I hope that one day she will also be able to share these lessons with her own daughter.