A promise to my daughter
This is my promise to you, my daughter.
I promise I will do everything in my power to shield you from unnecessary pain, whilst still allowing you to make your own mistakes, so you develop a sense of strength and the resilience needed to face whatever challenges the world throws at you.
I promise I will always listen to you, without judgement, and try to understand your opinions, even when I don’t agree, because I want to teach you to be empathetic, tolerant and receptive to others. I want you to celebrate the differences between yourself and others and wholeheartedly welcome new perspectives.
I promise to swallow my pride and openly admit to you when I’m wrong, to not be stubborn or argumentative with you, and to try and learn as much as I can from you.
I promise to forgive quickly when we argue and to use each difficult time as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn how I can be a better example for you.
I promise to always make time for you, even when I’m snowed under with responsibilities and life gets in the way. You’re more important than a perfectly mopped floor or a neatly folded pile of washing. Your happiness will always mean more to me than anything else.
I promise to celebrate all of your achievements, no matter how trivial they may seem. I want to fill you with the confidence to be proud of your successes and give you the encouragement you need when you are lacking motivation.
I promise to never take you for granted. Instead, I will cherish the moments we spend together, and always make the most of our time.
I promise you that you will never be left wondering if you are loved. I will spend my days loving you so wholly and completely that you will forever be empowered in the knowledge that there is always going to be somebody backing you.
I promise to read over this letter whenever I’m mad, disheartened or feeling complacent as a mother, and remember how I feel in this moment: excited for your future, determined to be who you need me to be, and overwhelmed with love for you.
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