Your daughter will one day grow up to become a strong, beautiful woman just like you. The journey you took to get to where you are now has not been easy and it will not be easy for your baby girl either. This is why you must teach your daughter all the values and lessons in life, so she can be prepared to face anything that is thrown her way. The best time to teach her is now. No one else is going to teach her these values – teach her the importance of them so she never forgets.
1. Grace and strength
Teach your daughter that with any problem, there may be an easy solution, but the easy one may not be the right one. Sometimes, they may have to make difficult choices and however hard it gets, they must know to hold their head up high. No problem lasts forever. They can always find a way to fix their problems and come out stronger and happier.
2. Being kind to other people
There will be people who are trying to be mean and nasty to your daughter. However, being mean to them as revenge is not going to solve anyone’s problems. That is not what you should raise your daughter to do. Make them understand that everyone has their own share of problems and that no two people are alike. Sometimes they have to choose the high road and let it go. Teach her how to be the bigger person. After all, if she is rude to the one who was mean to her, then what is the difference between the two?
3. Be comfortable in your own skin
No girl should feel the need to feel ashamed of who they are, where they come from, or how they look. Your daughter should learn to accept and love herself just the way she is. Only if she is comfortable with herself will she ever know how to be confident. The best way to teach her is by example – show her how you accept your wrinkles and gray hair.
4. Food is fuel
From an early age, cultivate the idea in her that food is a source of energy. Skipping meals would cause the body to react adversely, leading to mood swings and lack of energy. Every meal is important and they should eat healthy portions of nutritious food every day. Starving herself is not going to make her look beautiful. Food, water and sleep are what makes her skin and hair gorgeous. Tell her that clean and healthy skin is the best beauty asset any girl can have and that is attainable provided she looks after herself.
5. How to be self-sufficient
Your daughter must understand the importance of being able to provide for herself. She should not have to depend on anyone for anything when she is all grown up. For this, she must work hard to become the best version of herself. Her education is going to take her places, so she should take it seriously. Tell her to put herself, her dreams, goals and career first. She does not have to compromise or settle for anything less than what she aspires to be. Also, she must know that any man who does not respect her dreams does not deserve her time.
Do share this with all the mothers and daughters you know!