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As I find myself a mama of a teen and another rapidly approaching that milestone (eeks.....how did that happen?!), I remind myself of the values that I want to instill in my children. The teen years can be challenging but also a time for growth and new adventures. I want my children to feel confident within themselves. I want them to grow into happy, grounded and above all else, kind people.
These are the values I want them to hold close to their heart. The values that will help mold them into the best possible version of themselves.....their own hero.
Respect yourself. Don't pretend to be someone you aren't just to "fit in." Only spend time with people that appreciate you and like you for who you are. People that expect something different from you aren't worth your energy. Don't post anything on social media that you wouldn't want your mother to see. Value your mind, body and heart.
Respect others. Always remember that you are a human that is meant to interact with others. Get your head out from behind a screen and have actual conversations. Take the time to really listen. Hold the door. Say please and thank you. Speak kind words. Respect your teachers that dedicate their life to helping you grow, inspire you to pursue your dreams, and to believe in yourself.
Your smile can completely change someone's day. Use it often. Always stand up for what is right, especially when it involves another person. Never underestimate the power that one person has to make a difference. Your single act of kindness can create a ripple effect and touch many lives.
Practice humility and be grateful for what you have. True happiness begins with being grateful and appreciating all the small things in your life. You can always have more but you can also have less. The more you focus on being grateful for the little things, the more you will find you have to be grateful for.
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Accept that you are not perfect and never expect to be so. You will make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Don't expect others to be perfect either. Keep an open heart and mind, and be willing to forgive.
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Take time to step outside and appreciate this beautiful world we live in. When you are hurting, nature is very healing. Take time to be by yourself without distractions - no computers or smart phones. A screen can not provide you happiness, only people and moments can do that. Be a good friend and offer your undivided attention.
I know these years will be a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. It is my hope that these five values help keep you grounded to navigate the ups and downs. In the end, never forget that the world needs you and all the amazingness that only you possess.