11 Things I Want My Daughter To Know

My daughter Riley is 18 months old. These are 11 things I want her to know this Father's Day.

1. I love your mother.
This is the greatest gift I can give you and my greatest responsibility. Do you want to know how a man should treat you? Watch how I love your mother.

2. You are beautiful.
Outer beauty is idolized by the world, but like the world, outer beauty will fade. Know that I love you because of who you are on the inside. 

3. You are valued beyond measure.
Your value rests in who you are, not what you do, what you wear, what you drive, where you live, or how you look. You are who you are because of what God has done for you. 

4. I will always be there.
I can’t fix your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone. 

5. Find your voice.
Be confident. Be assertive. No one can tell you how to think or feel. 

6. Never stop reading.
Incite your imagination, cultivate your own consciousness, and build the foundation for your beliefs. Read.

7. Ask questions.
Not only is it good to learn by being naturally curious, but questions also help you to become a better listener. 

8. You are the average of your five closest friends. Pick good ones. 

9. Embrace failure.
Failure is essential to learning. I will never be disappointed in you for failing, as long as you fail with everything you’ve got. 

10. Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more.
Find the humor in life and don’t take yourself too seriously.

11. I will always love you. Don’t ever forget it. 

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