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To My Daughters: A Letter From A Mother to Her Two Teen Girls


One mom's advice to her daughters

By Heather Delaney Reese, It's a Lovely Life. Heather Delaney Reese is a spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

There have been many stages of parenthood that I have absolutely loved – and the teen years are one of them. Yes, there can be some wild emotions happening, but it is pretty amazing to watch your little kids turn into confident, young adults!

Parenting during the teen years is more important than ever, and I recently took a few minutes to write a letter to my daughters sharing some advice about how to treat and care for themselves that I hope continues to keep them on great paths:

To my amazing daughters,

You guys are rocking this time of life like nothing I've seen before. You take the bumps in the road with such grace that I am sometimes left speechless, which you know is a big deal coming from me! I learned a long time ago that what is inside means a lot more than what you see on the outside, and I'm so happy that you two are light years ahead of me on this notion.

You are both beautiful, but even more importantly, you are good people. Know that when you are feeling self-conscious and just having one of those days, remember that you’re likely your own worst critic. Even if people do judge you, let them: Be yourself, and have confidence in who you are. As long as you do your best and treat others well, you have nothing to worry about. Just keep being you because you are already awesome!

Remember girls: to look and feel your best, you need to be healthy on the inside and out. Take care of your bodies and your minds -- eat well, exercise and believe in yourself.  

As you look into the mirror each morning and night, I want you to take a second and see in yourselves what I see in you both: two confident, smart, beautiful and kind young women. You both should be proud of the people you are. I know I am!

Love, Mom


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Heather Delaney Reese is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

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