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20 Promises I’ve Made To My Newborn Baby

20 Promises I’ve Made To My Newborn Baby

To my sweet little girl:

I want you to know that you are loved more deeply than you could ever possibly imagine. You are awesome and incredible beyond measure.

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As you grow and learn, I will learn too – all about you, and all about being your parent. I definitely won’t be perfect, but I promise to always love you with my entire heart throughout life’s journey, and to do my best to nurture, guide, support, and encourage you.

This, my sweet little one, is my list of promises to you.

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1. I promise to encourage you to follow your dreams, and to remember that you are you; it’s not your job to be an extension of me.

2. I promise to help you figure out who you are as you navigate this big world. I will help you discover and build on your unique interests and strengths.

3. I promise to teach you that you are worthy of respect. I will teach you when to stand up for yourself and when to silently walk away. I will show you how to treat yourself with respect and how to demand respect from others.

4. I promise to get messy with you. I will build snow forts with you, jump in the leaves with you, make sandcastles with you, and dance in the rain with you.

5. I promise to pick my battles and not get caught up in arguments about things that don’t really matter.

6. I promise to be vulnerable with you and let you truly see me.

7. I promise to show you how to have healthy relationships. I will teach you how to be a good friend and how to choose your friends wisely. I will teach you the value of amazing girlfriends. I will explain to you why I fell in love with your Dad, and what qualities to look for in a life partner.

8. I promise to give you boundaries so you feel safe and secure, while still allowing you the space and freedom you need to grow.

9. I promise to talk with you and to listen to you. I will talk to you about anything and everything you want to talk about. I will listen attentively – to your joys, your fears, and your secrets.

10. I promise to comfort you.

11. I promise to love you wholeheartedly.

12. I promise to teach you to truly feel and embrace your emotions; I will laugh and cry with you. I will teach you how to love deeply.

13. I promise to listen to your side of the story, and to remember that just because I’m older than you doesn’t necessarily mean I’m wiser.

14. I promise to teach you to be a independent, creative, and resourceful person.

15. I promise to practice self-compassion, because by watching me be compassionate with myself, you will learn to be compassionate with yourself and others.

16. I promise to share my faith with you. I will teach how how it has changed my life and how it can change yours too.

17. I promise to continually work on becoming a better person and a better role model for you. I will also help you find other positive role models to look up to during your life.

18. I promise to believe in you. When you struggle with self-doubt, I promise to remind you of how strong and capable you are.

19. I promise to show you that you are worthy of love and belonging.

20. I promise to help you find your wings, and when the time comes, as hard as it may be for me to let go, I promise to teach you to fly.

My sweet girl, I will love you forever and always.

Love,

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Mom.

Featured photo credit: baby feet b&w/Christine Szeto via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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