When it comes to parenting, we all go about it in the ways that we see fit for our families, right? But, of course, some things just seem universal to say the least and this is one of those things.
This mother’s powerfully inspiring post is bringing a new perspective to parents everywhere. It was written by Toni Hammer to her lovely young daughter. She begins with: “To my daughter,” and ends with “Be unapologetically you.” That alone should be enough to make you want to check it out.
Hammer is saying what we all wanted to but could not find the words to say. While some people are disagreeing with her post, others are rejoicing. As her daughter begins kindergarten this year Hammer felt it was time to send along a few words of advice.
She did not want her daughter to have the same experiences in school that she did and that is apparent in her post/letter. She says while she knows people will try to make her daughter feel ‘less than,’ she wants her to know that she is ‘more than’ and she wants to instill a sense of confidence in her that Hammer was not so fortunate to have as a child.
I believe even most of us grown women can learn a thing or two from this wonderful little girls magnificent mother. This was what I needed to see and it may be what you need to see as well. Take a look at her post below and let us know what you think. Do you think this is good advice?
“To my daughter,
Don’t apologize when someone else bumps into you.
Don’t say “sorry to be such a pain.” You’re not a pain. You’re a person with thoughts and feelings who deserves respect.
Don’t makeup reasons as to why you can’t go out with a guy you don’t wanna go out with. You don’t owe anyone an explanation. A simple “no thanks” should be acceptable.
Don’t overthink what you eat in front of people. If you’re hungry, eat, and eat what you want. If you want pizza, don’t get a salad just because other people are around. Order the damn pizza.
Don’t keep your hair long to make someone else happy.
Don’t wear a dress if you don’t want to.
Don’t stay home because you don’t have anyone to go out with. Take yourself out. Have experiences by yourself and for yourself.
Don’t hold back your tears. Crying means you’re feeling something that needs to get out. It’s not a weakness. It’s being human.
Don’t smile because someone told you to.
Don’t be afraid to laugh at your own jokes.
Don’t say “yes” to be polite. Say “no” because it’s your life.
Don’t hide your opinions. Speak up and speak loudly. You should be heard.
Don’t apologize for being who you are. Be brave and bold and beautiful. Be unapologetically you.”
(Image via Toni Hammer’s facebook post)