What I hope my daughters know.

I have three girls.
One is eleven, still very much a child, yet beginning to grow up.
One is sixteen, a teenager in every way.
One is twenty two, an adult to all but her parents.

Often I wonder what will life bring them?
Three beautiful girls growing up in a modern world.

Will they pursue careers before love?
Will they come early or late to motherhood?photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/3771659600/">cobalt123</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">cc</a>
Will they be successful in what is still very much a mans world?

I was a nurse. I have been a stay at home mother all their lives.
Did my choices limit their ambitions?
Would I have been a better role model if I had worked full or part time?

Will they find happiness in love?
Will they marry?

So many questions.

Yet I do not overly worry about their future.
I hope I have taught them well using some of the advice I received.

Such as this nugget of gold from my mom.
“Never run after a man or a bus, there’s always another one coming”.

Or this piece of sage advice from my Dad,
Never put yourself in the wrong regardless of provocation.

From their own Dad,
I hope they feel the intense unquestioning love they received from the first man in their lives.photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/werkman/2046135197/">Peter Werkman (www.peterwerkman.nl)</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>

From myself I hope they have learned to love themselves.

To know that when they find a man he should be their soulmate, and equal.
To understand that the beginning of a relationship is as good as it gets,
so if it’s not great…. move on.
To believe in themselves and to dream. Everything is possible.
To never sell themselves short.

And to always know we couldn’t be more proud of them.

photo credit: cobalt123 via photopin cc
photo credit: Peter Werkman (www.peterwerkman.nl) via photopin cc

17 thoughts on “What I hope my daughters know.

  1. This is beautiful. As I look at my little girls, I wish for them and wonder the same things. Although my biggest one right now is ‘Please stay little forever.’ But I know that unfortunately won’t happen like I wish it would.

    1. Yes I’d love mine to stay young too, as it is I can’t believe they are the age they are. I think I’d really just wish for them to be happy.

  2. We always want the best for our children and I think it’s natural to wonder if we did everything right. If we taught them all they needed to know and encouraged them enough to succeed. From what I see in your writing, I don’t doubt for a second that you did (and still are doing) a wonderful job raising them.

  3. I wish for my children all of this too. And I’m going to write out the “never run after a man or a bus” quote for our wall (substituting woman for my boys!!) hilarious, your mother was a wise soul 🙂

  4. 🙂 This was lovely! I have one son which I adore but I am partial to girls since they need much more in the way of self-esteem and courage. Lord God, I hope I have done enough!

    1. They are not mine I’m afraid. I hijacked them from photopin. Mind you mine are even more gorgeous! Thank you and thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed it.

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