The Hardest Lesson I Had To Teach My Daughter

15 Jan 2015 Permalink

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“Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air, and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.”

I’ve talked with my daughter about all sorts of topics during her six years of life.  But the most difficult conversations we’ve had have been about her accepting herself.

Don’t get me wrong.  This kid was born with confidence.  She’s a leader.  She’s the one who walks up to the other kids on the playground, makes friends, and starts community games of hide-and-go-seek.

But she’s also human.  She has her moments and phases.  Like the time when she hated her red hair and wished to be blonde like all her little friends.

As a parent, it was heart-breaking to see her wanting to fit in so badly.  I will do most anything for my children, but I will not let them change who they are to be like everyone else.

Obviously our conversations with each other went deeper than hair color.  And after a while, she learned to love her ginger locks again.

I know that our conversations about confidence are far from over…I’m just glad that she’s off to a good start.

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2 Comments
  • Hallie
    January 15, 2015

    LOVE this post my dear friend. Your daughter is so lovely and cute! And I also love the quote . Believe or not, it’s the quote that I need today. And I need to repeat that everyday to myself. Thank You! — “Confidence isn’t walking into a room with your nose in the air, and thinking you are better than everyone else, it’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place.”

  • Alison @SassyMomChicago
    January 17, 2015

    What a great way to teach confidence! Never thought about not comparing yourself to anyone in the room. You’re a great mom!!

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