When my daughter was born I made a list of rules that I wanted her to know. I made them for her scrapbook and then posted them here. As I watched her sleep (like an angel) on the monitor tonight I was reminded of them and pulled them up to see if there were some things I wanted to add, now that I know her better. I came up with a few that I added at the bottom. Tomorrow I'll revisit the rules I made for my son.
Never let anyone else define who you are.
Never allow a man to tell you that you aren't good enough.
Never allow someone to make you feel ashamed of who you are.
Be a leader, not a follower.
Never wait for someone else to do something for you. Do it yourself.
Be proud of who you are and where you come from.
Always tell people that you love them.
Always stand up for what is right.
Always be kind to your brother, he’s sensitive.
Whatever you believe, believe strongly and make no apologies for it.
Listen to your grandparents; they know what they’re talking about.
Sleep late when you can, it doesn’t happen often enough.
Dance even when you know people are looking. You won’t regret it.
Try everything at least once.
Don’t marry a man that isn’t as good as your father.
Go swimming, even if you don’t like how you look in a swimsuit.
Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Be loyal to your friends.
Never let your parents down, we love you.
Shake things up a bit sometimes, you’ll be better for it.
Drive better than I do.
Don’t be afraid to be different.
Take a lot of pictures
Keep the attitude. You'll be tough to raise but it will serve you later in life.
Tell your brother everyday that you love him.
Question what you're told. I'll hate it as your mother but you'll be better informed and not easily railroaded if you're paying attention.
You came into the world screaming and you're good at it. Don't be afraid to kick a little ass when the situation calls for it.
Exercise. Genetically you're screwed and you eat like a Mongolian orphan. Be careful.
Never say mean things to your brother. He will always remember them.
You got my spark. Use it in good health.
You are absolutely beautiful and I have a feeling that you always will be. Don't let that go to your head. Get over yourself and mingle with the common folk.
Your brother is sensitive, like his father. Be kind to him, he loves you so much.
Say this to yourself, "He's just not that into me, He's just not that into me" NOW MOVE ON! Don't waste your time on losers. You're too good for that.
Always express yourself like you do now. You'll be healthier for it. Trust me on this.
You are a rockstar and you should never forget it! Shake what ya momma gave ya!