Growing up, I learned a lot by trial and error. There are so many things that I sometimes wish I could go back and do over. A few years ago I decided that going forward, I would no longer have any regrets. As a result, I’ve been taking more risks, doing what makes me happy, and enjoying every minute of it! In the fourth installment of 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me, I am sharing today 10 things that I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.
- You are perfect just the way you are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way you look, so stop hiding.
- Enjoy your teenage years, this is the last time you’ll be bill-free.
- Don’t be afraid to take chances, you’ll never know the wonderful opportunities that await if you play it safe all the time.
- Don’t change who you are to accommodate other people and their insecurities.
- Don’t be in a rush to grow up. (See #2)
- If someone doesn’t like you for no apparent reason, it’s okay. There’s probably something about you that they wish they had.
- Don’t be fooled by slick talkers who can quote bible scriptures at the drop of a hat. The devil goes to church on Sunday too.
- Don’t allow fear to hinder you from reaching your goals.
- True friends aren’t going anywhere. They’ll always be there for you, no matter how many miles separate you.
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Just because they can’t doesn’t mean it applies to you.
What about you? What would you tell your teenaged self if you could?
I met your dad when I was 15. We were introduced by one of my neighbors, and I immediately thought he was sooo cute! Well he gave me his number, and me being the super shy person that I was, I ducked him for about 6 weeks! After running into him one day and not being able to come up with a good excuse on why I hadn’t called, I finally called him that evening.
We instantly became the best of friends. We hung out all summer – sitting on my grandmother’s porch until the mosquitoes ran us off.
Throughout the years, as our lives and locations changed, your dad and I always remained friends. Whether it was a phone call, card or letter, we always managed to keep in touch. Your dad has always been a true friend – respectful, loyal, and honest (even when you really didn’t want to hear the truth).
As I watch the two of you , kicking the ball around the yard, or blowing bubbles, I can see that special bond of not just father and daughter, but of best buds… true friends.
P.S. Oh yeah, your dad is a real no-nonsense kinda’ guy. I really feel sorry for any guys you date – once you reach the dating age of 25. 😉
One of the standard baby shower gifts is the baby book. We record everything our little one’s do – their first solid foods, when they first started crawling, to their first steps. Every blue moon my mom pulls out my baby book (with added pictures) and laughs at the photo of me dipping water out of the toilet with a pot.
But what about us moms? What do we have to share with our kids so that they’ll know all about us? Jenn over at Baby Making Machine posted a really neat blogging project called “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me”. The project is comprised of 20 questions about yourself. The idea is to answer all of the questions and upon completion compile your information into a scrapbook for your little ones.
Here are the questions:
1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your spouse.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment.
11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. What’s the hardest part of growing up?
14. Describe 5 strengths and weaknesses you have.
15. Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how I fell in love.
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What do you think your spouse loves most about you?
19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
I think this will be a fun project to keep up with!