Thirteen Things….A Message To My Children

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This was posted on Facebook recently by my friend Svenya, for her son, Tanyan’s 13th birthday.

Kieran and Tanyan are basically besties and as Kieran is turning 13 in May, I asked Svenya if I could steal it and post it on my blog.  It resonated so deeply and is something we can constantly affirm to our children, no matter what their ages……

13 Things I want you to know…

  •  Parents don’t know everything, but they know more than you can imagine.
  • It’s okay not to fit in, don’t try and be someone you’re not.
  • Whatever arguments your parents have, it is never your fault.
  • Try your best.  Always.
  • Mistakes don’t define you, even if they define a certain moment in your life.
  • Feeling angry, sad or powerless at times is okay.  Don’t fight those feelings.  Find a way to get to a better place.
  • Nobody will remember 20 years from now whether you were picked first or last to be on a team, don’t sweat it.
  • Needing is different from wanting, learn the difference and don’t forget it.
  • Don’t be scared of failure, all setbacks have the potential to become something positive, even if they hurt.
  • Hang in there – when it gets dark, it really is the darkest before dawn.
  • I will always be an arms length away, even if you want to be alone.
  • Choose your friends wisely, the best ones will bring you so much joy, the worst will bring you down.
  • I love you.  No matter what you do.  No matter what you say.  I might not always agree with you and we might not always like each other all the time, but I will always love you for being you

And lastly, don’t stop shifting my crown and never stop asking me for random hugs and kisses.

I love you more than all the sand on all the beaches

Love

Mom