2. Making mistakes. I want her to understand that it's okay to make mistakes in life and that making mistakes only makes us stronger, makes us who we are. I want her to know about the mistakes I've made in life like getting married far too young first time around when I thought I knew it all. Without my subsequent divorce, I wouldn't have met my gorgeous husband Matt and we wouldn't have her, our beautiful daughter.
3. Being young and carefree (aka stupid). I would like her to know about my teenage years and the things I used to get up to and what I hid from my parents. I want her to know that there was once a time when I was young and I did things that I look back on now and shudder at the thought of. I want her to know that I once went to Blackpool for the weekend with my boyfriend and a couple of friends when my parents thought I was staying at a friends house. Thankfully nothing went wrong but imagine if something had happened? I want her to know that I would like her to tell me everything for her own safety and that she can trust me completely and I'm a cool Mum.
4. Friends. I want her to know that my friends are hugely important to me, like an extended family. I want her to understand what the true meaning of friendship is and to hold on to a handful of true close/best friends throughout her life. I want her to know that, when I was in my teens and first started showing a proper interest in the opposite sex I still made time for my friends. I believe that is hugely important lesson in life because boyfriends come and go but true friends are there for life.
5. Last, but by no means least, I obviously want her to know just how much I love her. I want her to know that her Dad and I worship the ground she walks on. Every smile, every look, every word, every giggle, every tear and even every tantrum is felt with such unconditional love that I can't imagine a time when she wasn't in our lives. I started on my parenting journey later in life but she was definitely worth the wait.