Raising a daughter can be pretty scary in this day and age. I haven’t always been the blogger/influencer you see via Instagram, you know. I’ve made mistakes and I’ve done things I’m not necessarily proud of, but I’ve learned from them. Needless to say, I’m not perfect or anything. In fact, I’m far from it. But what I’m sharing today and speaking over Zara are values that I try to uphold to remind myself that I’m not the same person I used to be.
So I’ve written a little piece on the positive characteristics I want to see shape her life as she heads to Pre-K this week.
Things I am claiming over my daughter:
- Confidence. This is so huge for me. Nothing hurts me more than to see others tear themselves down over insecurities that other insecure people may have dumped them. So every day I tell her that she is not only beautiful, but a smart and a strong woman! I think it is so important for us to remind our girls that they’re more than just pretty. All I ever want for her is to walk with her head held high as she faces each day with the courage to be herself!
- Love. Choosing love isn’t always easy, but it’s always right. As we get older we try and make excuses and exceptions not to love others over differences. So when she’s this young and her heart is so open and willing, teaching her how to love through the hate the world might want to throw at her is something I feel is equally important as the materials and subjects she’ll be learning.
- Joy. Zara is no doubt a happy child. But joy goes beyond happiness. It’s something no one can rob you of unless you let them! It’s rising above any given situation and again choosing to just relinquish control and be above it. I know I’ll have to tell her, look, I know that kid may have knocked over your snack, but don’t let it steal your joy! Things will happen that will be out of our control, but we can’t focus on the negative. Life is way too short.
- Teachable Spirit. I know being around new things and people isn’t always easy, but what I hope with all my heart that she’ll be open to the changes she’s going to face with a great attitude. Maybe she won’t be used to taking instruction from someone else, but that’s something we all have to overcome in order to grow and mature. Her willingness to learn is a directly related to her attitude, and I will always be here to cheer her on!
I am beyond excited to see what this little mover and shaker will do in her school, and am welcoming the growth that will come for both of us in this newest season in her life!
Zara’s outfit is c/o Little Dancer LA.
–XOXO Camille Elena