I love my children, more than I can ever put into words. They are my heart, my soul, and my reason for breathing. I’m anything but a perfect mother, but I try, and I love my children unconditionally. Everything I do is for them or with them in mind because that’s what I think we ‘re supposed to do once we have kids. There are so many things I want to teach my children about life while they are young.
My daughter Vayda just celebrated her birthday and has been asking me a lot about growing up and when she is too old for certain things, which has made me stop and think about things I want to teach my girls about life while they are young.
Here are a few of the many things I want my daughters to know early in their life.
1.) You are never too old for your Barbie dolls
I’ve recently been talking to one of my daughters about this. She just turned 10 and asked me when she was too old to play with her Barbie dolls. My answer was, NEVER! You are never too old to play with your Barbie dolls! I love to watch and listen to them be anything they want and go anywhere they want, and all they have to do is pick up their dolls and there is no certain age a girls should give that up. Personally, I don’t think any of us should ever give up open-ended play.
2.) Love yourself, but remember you’re not better than anyone and nobody is better than you.
I want my daughters to love themselves and know they are amazing people, but I also want them to remember that they are on an even playing field with everyone else. We are not better than anyone and nobody are better than us, regardless of how they act.
There is no reason to rush growing up. It will be here before you know it, and then you’ll wish you were a child again. So slow it down and enjoy your childhood as much as possible.
4.) Forgive others, if not for them than for yourself.
Learning to forgive people is so important. It took me a long time to learn that sometimes we have to forgive other, so we don’t want around with a chip on our shoulder. It doesn’t mean we’re going to be best friends with that person, or that we even have to tell them we are sorry. This simply means we have to forgive them, for us and wish them the best in life, so we don’t carry around their baggage. So, set the anger free and forgive!
5.) No, all guys are like daddy
Okay, my girls still might be young, but I think it’s important they understand that not all guys are awesome like their dad.
Remember to NEVER stop caring for your siblings. They will always be there for you and love you as much as you love them! They will always be people you can turn to and trust.
7.) Never give up
If you want something, get it, don’t give up EVER!
Learn to say NO! Just don’t ever say no to your father or I, lol.
It doesn’t matter how old you get! You will ALWAYS be my little princess, all three of you!
10.) Learn to trust your gut
Gosh, if I would have only listened to my mom and trusted my gut. It would have saved me a whole lot of heartaches, lol. Which is why I so want my girls to know they SHOULD trust their gut because it’s rarely wrong.
Don’t not do something because you think only boys can do it. Remember, girls can do anything boys can do!
12.) Don’t blame others
If you do something, accept responsibility for it and move on. Don’t try to blame others for a choice you made.
13.) Hard work pays off
The harder you work for something, the more rewarding it will be. The easier things come, the easier they go.
14.) OMG, don’t be a sore loser
Seriously, nobody wants to see you being a sore loser. I know, it’s hard to accept, but we all have to learn how to be graceful even when we lose. If anything, learn from it, work harder and keep trying.
I never want my girls to stop playing, laughing, and having fun. It’s important, even as an adult! So never stop playing and using your imagination. You can go anywhere and do anything you want to do!
16.) You can be anything you wish to be.
Right now my girls are young, and I want them to continue believing they can be anything they want to be. I watch them play with their Barbie dolls, one day they’re a math teacher, the next their going to space, and who knows what tomorrows adventure will be. I NEVER want them to stop believing they can be anything they want to be.
Barbie is celebrating the five-year-old girls in all of us who believes that one day she will change the world because we know she can. See, Barbie recently let give vivid imaginations loose on unsuspecting audiences resolving to a simple truth – when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become. Recently started is a new chapter in Barbie’s 56-year legacy and with the launch is an awesome film called “Imagine the Possibilities.” This is a kick-off to an awesome series of activations that will focus on the importance of open-ended play.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barbie. The opinions and text are all mine.