Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

To My Teen Daughter

 

Attending Her First Christian Retreat (after having skipped church for three years):

Attending this retreat is another example of how you’re embracing new things. Take this opportunity to learn more about yourself and others, and remember there’s always more to learn.

I think of you as a natural leader. Being a leader takes courage and a strong belief in yourself, which you have shown. I believe in you: I’ve noticed you have a special ability to put people at ease and influence them. The way you think and the decisions you make reflect increasing confidence. Life hasn’t always been easy in our household and I’m very proud of how you grew in spirit and maturity through some difficult experiences.

Usually these types of letters involve advice, so here goes:

• Contentment is underrated. Figure out how to feel okay about yourself and the choices you make.
• Kindness is important. Most people are hurting at least a little bit on the inside, and small things can make a big difference.
• Don’t ever be without access to a dog.

Enjoy this retreat with your friends, old and new. I always will be proud to call you my daughter, and as you travel through life and become an adult, I cannot describe to you the pleasure I feel when I call you my friend.

Love you always,
Dad

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