Being the mom of four daughters, I feel like I am constantly filing little bits of advice in my brain to share with them at the appropriate time. I am by no means an expert advice-giver. I constantly second-guess even the tiniest decisions. Nevertheless, I scraped together what I think is some of the best advice I can give my girls. This is not all of it, because I'm still learning too. Hopefully, they'll consider it...or at least humor me and pretend like they are :)
~Keep God first. Always. No exceptions.
~Stay in church and be involved in it.
~Marry a Christian. That doesn't mean your marriage will be problem-free, but having God in common makes those inevitable problems easier to handle.
~Be nice to everyone, but don't be a doormat. People will respect you a lot more if you stick up for yourself.
~Appreciate what others do for you.
~Give people the benefit of the doubt.
~Keep your toenails painted :) Everyone loves cute feet :)
~Clean up after yourself.
~Learn how to keep a house clean, but don't think that it's your "job" just because you're a woman. Make it clear to your husband it's a 50/50 thing.
~Defend people who are defenseless.
~Don't allow people to spread rumors. Try to be the one who stops it.
~Take the time to do your hair and make-up, but feel good about yourself even if you skip a day doing it :)
~Know how to balance a checkbook.
~Know how to fix a toilet.
~Know how to put air in your tires and jump start your car.
~Laugh at yourself.
~Before you get married, live alone for awhile. It may be the only time in life when you have your own space :)
~Love and appreciate your husband and tell him that everyday, several times a day. They need to hear that :)
~Make sure your children know you love and appreciate their daddy. They also need to hear that :)
~Don't wear tapered jeans. Just don't.
~Make your bed every morning.
~Don't act dumb just to impress a boy. They appreciate a smart girl.
~Don't get upset when your dad and I won't let you do certain things. I promise it's only because we love you. I also promise you'll grow to hate that reason when you're a teenager :)
~A 16 year old boy usually isn't as safe a driver as you think. That's why we've already decided you're not getting into a car with one. Ever.
~Choose a career that you really love and give it everything you've got.
~Know that the kids at school who are "nerds" are just millionaires in the making. Be nice, they may be your boss someday :)
~Be nice to waiters and waitresses.
~Be sweet to your sisters. They will be your best friends someday :)