I have a daughter.
It’s changed everything. My gorgeous, rough and tumble boys — I love them as hard as they love all things mud, dirt and mortal combat. But raising a girl — I ache to give her a head start in this Pinterest, Photoshopped world.
I won’t get it perfect, but dang if I’m not going to give it a wild and wonderful go.
Editor's note: This piece, by Lisa-Jo Baker, originally appeared on her blog, Tales from a Gypsy Mama. It has been reprinted here with permission. Visit her blog to see the complete list of 100 Things I Want to Teach My Daughter.
Beauty is a state of mind, not a state of body.
The benefit of the doubt is sometimes the best gift we can give our friends.
Your daddy has loved you better and longer than any boy ever will.
Your brothers will teach you how boys should treat you.
You’re always welcome in my wardrobe.
The world needs your point of view.
Your body is strong and capable of more than you can imagine right now.
Cook, decorate, clean, organize because you love to, not because someone tells you you’re meant to.
Music makes everything better.
Dance – especially when you’re doing the laundry.
You’ll never be too old for me to rock you.
Nothing you tell me will ever make me want to stop hearing from you.
No prayer request is ever too small, too silly or too embarrassing to share.
Washing your face every night is the best kind of beauty routine.
Sunscreen – you got my British genes.
Mr. Darcy and popcorn make for a perfect evening.
A good movie can change how you understand someone else.
Words can build bridges between people.
Staying up late to read a good book is never time wasted.
Good girls aren’t boring.
Home is not where we live but who we love.
A great mascara is always worth the investment.
The “mommy wars” are a myth; we’re all in this together.
The best way never to worry about anyone gossiping about you is never to gossip about anybody.
Saying sorry first is a sign of strength not a weakness.
I’m on your side; especially on the days when it doesn’t feel like it.
Marriage is an act of courage, commitment and sacrifice. It’s also the most fun you’ll ever have with your best friend.
God says He has made all things beautiful – that includes you, my love – no matter how you feel about your body.
Fashion is not my forte; I look forward to learning from you.
Bad haircuts grow out eventually.
A good cry is great therapy.
Go big even if it means failing big. Especially then.
Be the friend you wish you had.
I will be your best friend. But I will be your mother more.
A first kiss should be toasted, treasured, savored.
Don’t be afraid of a broken heart.
Don’t just Instagram your life. Live it.
The only thing holding you back from making a difference in the world will be yourself.
Girlfriends are the best kind of free therapy there is.
If it makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t do it, wear it or say it.
The painful truth is always easier than a messy lie.
Jesus loves you, this I know. In my heart, my bones, my soul.
Nothing will make me love you less.
Nothing will make me love you more.
You can always come home.
The mirror is not the boss of you.
You’re the most brave when you’re the most scared and keep going anyway.
Womanhood is a gift.
I’m never tired of being your mother.
You will always be my baby girl.
Lisa-Jo has three kids under 7 and believes motherhood should come with a super hero cape and a cheerleader. Learn more about her free eBook, "The Cheerleader for Tired Moms," visit her blog, find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.