Dear Baby Girl,
I want you to know you deserve as much as those you love.
You will, as most people in the world do, want the best for those you love. You will want them to have the best of everything and to be happy and loved and treated well.
When living your life and going through situations, if you find yourself in a situation or circumstance that makes you uncomfortable, think to yourself: “Would I want my friend (or aunt or brother or Mommy or daughter or whatever) to go through this / feel this way / be treated this way?”
If the answer is no, don’t put up with it yourself.
The biggest instance of this you will likely encounter is the way other people in the world treat you. If you come across a person who treats you badly – where, were the situation different and it was a friend in your shoes, you would tell them to run, run away as fast as they could and never look back – give yourself the same advice, and, for once, take it, listen to it and run with it.
You are worthy of being treated well. You deserve to be treated well. You deserve to be loved.
You do not need to tolerate people putting you down, making you feel bad, belittling you, screaming at you, making you cry, or in any way making you feel like you aren’t the incredible, wonderful girl (woman) you are and will be.
Do not, I repeat, do not, allow yourself to remain in any situation you would not let your (hypothetical) daughter or your best friend remain in.
Be your own best friend when you need to.
And if necessary to extract yourself, blame me. Make me the bad guy.
I’m a Mommy. Sometimes, that’s part of my job description.
I love you,