For My Soon To Be Teenaged Daughter

>> Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A few months ago I was using Stumble and came across a blog called Notes to self. The author Kyran, had written a post to the teenage daughter she would never have. That post brought tears to my eyes. It was a bunch of advice that I had wished someone had shared with me when I was a teen. Man, those teen years are rough. Now that I have a daughter (and sons) I want to try and make that road a little easier on them.

Today I'm going to share that post here, in hopes that I won't forget about it and I can share it with my girl in a couple of years.

Advice for a Teenage Daughter I Will Never Have

Even if you have just been shot with a tranquilizer dart for elephants, don't sleep in your makeup. Or contact lenses.

What separates a professional eyebrow arch from the amateurs is scissor-trimming. This is the least important item on this list, but It took me 38 years to find out, and I have to pass it onto somebody.

Wear the bikini every chance you can, and use the sunscreen.

Every year you can possibly delay having sex will ultimately make sex that much better. Think of it as the difference between spending every allowance on cheap shoes that don't last, or saving up for some really fabulous Jimmy Choos. Not that you have to go without even touching a pair of shoes in the meantime. Or marry your first pair of Jimmy Choos. Don't tell your mom I said that.

As long as you are in your teens, avoid dating anyone more than three years older than you. At your age, a romantic relationship with an older man is actually neither romantic or a relationship.

You look ugly when you gossip.

Throwing up drunk is not a good look for you.

Save this for later: the person you are now is not the way you behaved then.

Someday, a girl who is horrible to you now will request to be your Facebook friend. And though your cursor will linger a long and delicious moment above the "ignore" button, you will click on "accept" instead, and know that you have grown up.

Go to your prom. Wear the corsage. Stand under the arch. Get the pictures. Really.

Don't waste youth and resiliency. Have adventures. It will never be more appropriate for you to be inappropriate, and society will never be more forgiving. But avoid risks that will narrow your future. Skinny-dipping: yes. Filmed skinny-dipping: no.

Most importantly, hang around for womanhood. I promise, the best is yet to come.
Posted here with permission from Kyran from Notes To Self. Original content can be viewed here.


Slee July 7, 2009 at 10:37 AM  

This was brilliant. Thank you for making sure we, your readers, had a chance to see it!

Anonymous,  July 7, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

So brilliant.

But I wonder if I would have believed it if I read it when I was a teenager? I seem to remember thinking I was SO MUCH smarter than everyone else. I guess I'll never know.

Pink & Green Mama July 10, 2009 at 6:25 PM  

Wow! Wish I'd had this list. I'm printing it out for my own girls and pasting into the journal I'm keeping for them down the road (they're only 6 and 2.5 now!!)

Mommy Kennedy July 12, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

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I love this posting! I wish my daughter was old enough to appreciate it; however, I don't want her to grow up too soon!

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Lisa Olson July 22, 2009 at 6:11 AM  

Hi Krista,
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