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