Oh Baby, Please Don’t Be Like Mommy

Tonight at bath time, you looked me square in the eye and said, “Mommy, when I get big, I wanna be just like you.”

It took me by surprise, and it instantly warmed my heart right down to the gooey center.

I smiled and told you how sweet that was and how good it made me feel, but…

For the next few minutes, my thoughts went a little something like this:

Oh, baby…no.

Please don’t be like mommy.

Trust me. You don’t want to be like me.

You can be so much more than this.

You can get out and see the world.

You can earn a higher education.

You can treat your body with the respect it deserves.

You can unapologetically be yourself.

Don’t wait until you’re 30 to stop caring what others think of you.

Don’t let anxiety rule your life.

Don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back.

Keep in close touch with old friends. The ones who know you better than you know yourself.

Speak up when you have a good idea to contribute.


René Hale
René Halehttp://daylighttodark.com
René is the co-founder of Daylight to Dark, a lifestyle blog that empowers women to be their best selves. She lives in the heart of the Bluegrass State with her highly competent husband and their two children, who keep her motivated and grounded. By day, she holds a full-time career in marketing and advertising, and once her kids are in bed, you can find her unwinding with a proper cup of tea and a blank work doc.

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