Expectations And Worth

I read this quote this morning and it resonated with me.  I wish that every parent could read this and teach this to their children. I am going to have this put into a frame and give it to Valentina to remind her of her worth.  Somehow my oldest knew her worth and didn't accept less for herself, she ended up marrying her best friend, a man who loves her and treats her with the utmost respect.  Although her husband Paul did not have the best parents, he somehow knew how to treat a woman.  He loves my daughter and is very respectful of her, I am so grateful that Andrea and Paul followed their hearts and overcame their childhoods to find each other.

I want Valentina to feel this and always remember she is special and deserves only the best as well.  I have not always known this for myself, I never knew my worth, I accepted much less then I deserved.  David changed all that for me in the past six months and now I can never accept less than the best without turning my back on what I know to be true.  I am special too, I deserve to have someone who loves me and thinks I am incredible.  Why wouldn't I? Why wouldn't any of us deserve this?  The only reason is our fear that holds us back from our true worth.

Not everyone is as lucky and strong as Paul and Andrea, we as parents have to teach our children their self worth until they believe in themselves.  I know that I have not been the best mother due to my own upbringing; however; I cannot use that excuse to not work on being a better mother.  I know better, that means I have to work to be better.  I love the quote that says, "when you know better, you do better".  This quote is so true and inspiring, to me this means I cannot continue to beat myself up for past mistakes but it also means I cannot continue on that path because I do know better.

I love my two daughters and I think they are beyond amazing and so strong.  I have been blessed to have 2 wonderful daughters who teach me daily that although I am not the best mother, they love me and I adore them.  I will continue to strive to be a better mother, a better friend and a better person by continuing to grow and believe in myself.  Otherwise, I cannot expect this from my children, if I don't expect it from myself.

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