To My Sweet Girl,
I’ll be honest – I’m totally afraid to be a girl mom. Not because I think it will be harder than being a boy mom. No, I think it’s because I understand the female experience.
I know what it’s like to feel less than – basically constantly from the time you’re little.
I know what it’s like to have this insane expectation of perfection.
I know what it’s like to have people say you need to have a career and break a billion glass ceilings… while in the same breathe they say you need to be a mom most importantly.
I know what it’s like to bust your behind to be the best you possibly can in the workplace only to be called ‘eye candy.’
I know what it’s like to finish a day at home with the kids and feel like a complete failure as a mom.
I know what it’s like to want to be loved, to be respected and be beautiful.
My little girl.
I’m worried about the insane standards on women.
I want you to let the standards go.
If I could have you know anything it would be to be yourself. To follow your dreams. To listen to your heart. To know you are a child of God.
What do I expect from you?
I expect you to be a good person. I expect you to work hard. I expect you to be loving, kind and courageous.
But most importantly – I want you to know you don’t have to be everything for anyone.
When you feel less than – you’re letting someone else’s expectations dictate your life.
What do I hope for you?
I hope you have clarity and joy.
Don’t be afraid to be different from the pack – to stand out, to be strange and peculiar.
No, you’re not perfect – but what you have to offer this world is unlike anyone else.
You’re the only you in this world.
I love you sweet girl.