inspirational quotes daughter

You have your whole life ahead of you. Be smart. Study hard and be independent…You must rely on yourself. No matter what else people may steal from you, they will never be able to take away your knowledge. The world is changing. You must make your own life outside this home.
—  Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter 

— Sircha, Daughter of the forest. // 8.16.2017

Sometimes visualizing and working towards your big dream is too unfathomable. Sometimes you need to concentrate on the little goals, like just taking the first step- sit on your chair, open your book, pick up your pen.

Life isn’t always perfect or fun or easy. Even though we always try to bring the funny, sweet and absurd things our little girl says to life, sometimes she says something that stops us in our tracks.

A few weeks ago we were heading up to see my mom and Harper was so excited to see her Grandma and a few of her cousins. As we pulled into Grandma’s driveway I heard a sniffle in the back of the car. I turned around and saw a tear in Harper’s eye. I wasn’t sure what was going on and said, “What’s wrong honey? What happened?” She looked at me and simply said, “Dad, I’m just so happy. I’m lucky to have this life.”

I was having a bit of a hard day and she brought me out of my little funk and turned it all around in an instant. We are truly so lucky to have this life. Thank you Harper for reminding us not to take it for granted.

Learn to love yourself, so that you can teach your daughter how to love every inch of who she is and who she will grow to be. It’s called rewriting history.
—  Treka L. House
Take care of the people you love but take really good care of the people who love you back. None of us are easy to love.
—  Love Is A Beautiful Thing
Darling, stand straight
you are not weak
hold yourself up
rise like mountains
scream until the clouds burst
don’t let anyone think you are anything less
than godly

but pick your battles wisely
let the little injustices slip
through your fingers like sand
piling into beaches
keep yourself quiet
keep yourself folded

why can’t we pick
our daughters are force fed enough rules
that tie their hands behind their backs
with sheer sickening contradiction
they are choking
they are drowning

how long has it been
since I rolled up my sleeves
and curled up my fists
since I strapped up a suit of armor
and brandished my sword

I choose this fight
—  A.O.A.M. || Pick Your Battles

How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
Don’t say anything if she’s lost weight. Don’t say anything if she’s gained weight.
If you think your daughter’s body looks amazing, don’t say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

“You look so healthy!” is a great one.
Or how about, “You’re looking so strong.”
“I can see how happy you are – you’re glowing.”

Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

Don’t comment on other women’s bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.
Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.

Don’t you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don’t go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don’t say, “I’m not eating carbs right now.” Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.

Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that’s a good thing sometimes.

Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you’ll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn’t absolutely in love with.

Prove to your daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture.

Teach your daughter how to cook kale.
Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.
Pass on your own mom’s recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.

Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It’s easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don’t. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.

Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.

—  Sarah Koppelkam
I loved Joni Mitchell. I never heard her folk records. But I learned [1976’s] Hejira and [1977’s] Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter by heart when I was 15. She was creating her own universe ; she wasn’t a guest in a man’s world. And it was her chord progressions. I liked music that was modal, more chromatic. There is more room for the singer to improvise.
—  Björk on Joni Mitchell 
You feel happy because she’s happy but you also feel sad because shes gone. You feel happy for her because she’s found the right man but you’re scared that he won’t treat her right. You’re happy seeing her how much she grew up, from the little kid to this wonderful lady. But you feel sad because the little kid grew up way too fast. You’re glad that she will have a family table with her own little family but you’re also really sad that she won’t be eating on your kitchen table the way she used to. It fills you and emptys you at the same time. Its the best and also worst feeling. But, you’re still happy for her and you will always be there to catch her, the way you did 20 years ago.
—  My father when I asked him how it would feel to see your daughter getting married
A Letter about Love from Albert Einstein to his Daughter

Dear Lieserl Einstein,

“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.
After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.
However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.
When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.
I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer! ”

Your father,

Albert Einstein

Pay attention, my dear. I’m going to tell you the secret to getting a good boyfriend. You have to be confident.
When you walk, don’t slouch. Hold your head up high like the princess that you are; if it helps, imagine that you wear a crown made of gold and silver and the minute it falls, it breaks beyond repair. Just so you know, you will never truly lose your crown. This is only an idea to keep you standing tall.
When those boys you like speak to you, look them in the eye. These boys like it when you hold back; they like knowing they have power and control and I guarantee the ones not worth it will be unable to hold your gaze.
Speak up. If they say or do something you don’t like, don’t be afraid to burn them with the well deserved words that come out of your mouth or simply leave them. You have the right to defend yourself and your values and keeping yourself in a good light is no reason to let yourself be treated like a doormat. You can still be as beautiful as you are while disagreeing; the worthy ones won’t run when you show you have some backbone.
Tolerate no abuse. As you grow up, you will be warned about physical abuse constantly to the point of wondering just how high your chances are of coming home to us with a black eye but let me tell you something: abuse isn’t as black and white as him laying his hands on you. If he says things that make you feel any less amazing than you are, you need to leave. I don’t care how much he satisfies you, regardless of the exact way he does so. Those words are smoke, his arms are a burning house and you need to escape immediately.
Know your worth. If you need a reminder of who you represent, look at your mother and the way she radiates beauty without even trying. I don’t know how she does it. What I do know, is that you can do more. You can be more than anything I or your mother could ever be. Never forget that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. Never forget that you are precious.
—  Maxwell Diawuoh, “How To Get A Good Boyfriend”