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What life lessons do you wish you had learned earlier?

As we prepare for my daughter to enter middle school I am in a panic. I'm scared ya'll.


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I started thinking of so many little things I wish I knew then. I started thinking of what I wish I had to help on the journey. I was awkward. I’m still awkward but whatever so most of the time I struggled to articulate what I needed because I simply didn’t know.


I didn’t know how to tell my old school mother that I needed different pads or I had trouble with shaving. I didn’t know how to really say I was nervous or scared when I was uncomfortable around or with certain young men. I didn’t know it was ok to not be liked until I was much older.


I didn’t really grasp that self care was beyond the physical and that my mental and emotional needs need maintenance also. I just tried to figure it out on my own.

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And although through trial and error I learned a lot, I wish I had some pointers or the courage to ask for them. That’s why I bug my daughter so much and ask what else she needs or wants to help her. I try to buy her products that are specific to her, not my interest because I want her to be comfortable at home, at school, and in the world. I listen without comment or judgement. I don't have it all together but I am trying to be the person I wanted while becoming the person she needs.


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So, if you could go back in time and pick up some lady lessons, what would they be? What would you like to share with a young lady now that you learned along the way?



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Re-Kenya Roberson is an author, creative consultant, mom, and a bunch of other things that you won't actually remember later. Follow her on Instagram @iamrekenya


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